He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination - what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth - whether it existed before or not.
I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a poem, and to be given away by a novel.
For ever warm and still to be enjoyed, For ever panting and for ever young.
If poetry comes not naturally as leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess, and not by singularity; it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
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