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"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley PHOTO

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed,
which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments
of the happiest and best minds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault
the punishment it deserves.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred;
it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Concerning God, freewill and destiny:
Of all that earth has been or yet may be,
all that vain men imagine or believe,
or hope can paint or suffering may achieve,
we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy.
Not because I care about their mood but because I know
they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood
in unlearning the follies,
or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same
woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed;
such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight,
the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world,
and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The soul's joy lies in doing.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky,
which through the summer is not heard or seen,
as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings
to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

We look before and after, And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew,
who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

First our pleasures die - and then our hopes,
and then our fears - and when these are dead,
the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the
pleasure of pleasure itself.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The man of virtuous soul commands not,
nor obeys.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Death is the veil which those who live call life;
They sleep,
and it is lifted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness
and vices of men that make it a necessary evil.
When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Change is certain.
Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return.
Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for
sadness but realities for awareness,
so that one may be happy in the interim.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may
be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid -
in which case all comment is superfluous -
or it is something formidable,
the very crux of the problem.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively;
he must put himself in the place of another and of many others;
the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life,
is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food,
which it devours in secret.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample,
are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any
which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Do not look for approval
except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
- Albert Einstein

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

You're standing on the threshold of success.
Don't look down, it'll make you dizzy.
- the character Timothy Q. Mouse in the Walt Disney movie Dumbo

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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