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If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? ...
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Related topics: Nature Hope

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- 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 PHOTO

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The soul's joy lies in doing.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship that flows from the heart
cannot be frozen by adversity,
as the water that flows from the spring
cannot congeal in winter.
- James Fenimore Cooper

Experience life in all possible ways -
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter.
Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience,
because the more experience you have,
the more mature you become.
- Osho

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

As sure as the spring will follow the winter,
prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.
- Bo Bennett

Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."
- Robert Byrne

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

Thou hast no sorrow in thy song, no winter in thy year.
- John A. Logan

The restaurants close here in Salzburg.
They don't really have a nightlife in the winter time.
- Cecilia Bartoli

By the winter of 1945-1946, the Russian peoples were
being warned of the dangers from the West.
- Carroll Quigley

For the first time in 15 years, Georgia this winter
has its electric power guaranteed without deficit.
This is a historic achievement.
- Mikhail Saakashvili

There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.
- Billy Connolly

I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means.
- Duke Kahanamoku

The nice thing about New York is that you're finally
able to wear those winter clothes that have been sitting
in your closet in mothballs.
- Kyle MacLachlan

That last winter was a tragic story and I got no personal
honour out of it but I was a witness to it.
- Laurie Lee

Storage is important.
Whether it's cushions you only use outside in the summer,
or blankets that only come out in the winter,
you've always got to think of where to store them.
- Anthea Turner

Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
- Edgar Winter

Thus, during the winter of 2003 I ventured into a new
arena as a professional photographer.
- Janine Turner

I toured Ontario in the winter of '48,
in a touring company of The Drunkard,
in which I played the bartender.
- Jonathan Frid

In the long winter evenings he talked to Ma about the Western country.
In the West the land was level, and there were no trees.
The grass grew thick and high.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder


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