Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Meandering to and fro . . .

Today is the birthday of Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822), poet.

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

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

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

"All things exist as they are perceived: at least in relation to the percipient. 'The mind is its own place, and of itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.' But poetry defeats the curse which binds us to be subjected to the accident of surrounding impressions. And whether it spreads its own figured curtain or withdraws life's dark veil from before the scene of things, it equally creates for us a being within our being." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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

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