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48 Famous Quotes by Percy Bysshe Shelley
8/4/1792 - 7/8/1822
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Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, The signet of its all-enslaving power Upon a shining ore, and called it gold; Before whose image bow the vulgar great, The vainly rich, the miserable proud, The mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, And with blind feelings reverence the power That grinds them to the dust of misery. But in the temple of their hireling hearts Gold is a living god, and rules in scorn All earthly things but virtue.

Gold Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Queen Mab (pt. V, st. 4)

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And the wand-like lily which lifted up, As a Maenad, its moonlight-coloured cup, Till the fiery star, which is its eye, Gazed through clear dew on the tender sky.

Lilies Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: The Sensitive Plant (pt. I)

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O, white innocence, That thou shouldst wear the mask of guilt to hide Thine awful and serenest countenance From those who know thee not!

Innocence Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: The Cenci (act V, sc. 3, l. 24)

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You must come home with me and be my guest; You will give joy to me, and I will do All that is in my power to honour you.

Guests Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Hymn to Mercury (st. 5)

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Sing again, with your dear voice revealing A tone Of some world far from ours, Where music and moonlight and feeling Are one.

Singing Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: To Jane--The Keen Stars were Twinkling

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

Revenge Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Obedience indeed is only the pitiful and cowardly egotism of him who thinks that he can do something better than reason

Obedience Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

Stupidity Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Peter Bell the Third (pt. VII, XI)

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

Poets Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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For there are deeds Which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue.

Suffering Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: The Cenci (act III, sc. 1)

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Those who inflict must suffer, for they see The work of their own hearts, and that must be Our chastisement or recompense.

Suffering Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Julian and Maddalo (l. 494)

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Ay, many flowering islands lie In the waters of wide Agony.

Islands Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Lines written among the Euganean Hills (l. 66)

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No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.

Despair Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Prometheus Unbound (act I, l. 24)

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. . . then black despair The shadow of a starless night, was thrown Over the world in which I moved alone.

Despair Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Revolt of Islam--Dedication (st. 6)

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'Twas his ambition, generous and great A life to life's great end to consecrate.

Washington, george Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Washington

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How many a rustic Milton has passed by, Stifling the speechless longings of his heart, In unremitting drudgery and care! How many a vulgar Cato has compelled His energies, no longer tameless then, To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail!

Work Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Queen Mad (pt. V, st. 9)

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And many an ante-natal tomb When butterflies dream of the life to come.

Butterflies Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Sensitive Plant

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Like a glowworm golden, in a dell of dew, Scattering unbeholden its aerial blue Among the flowers and grass which screen it from the view.

Glowworms Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: To a Skylark

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The seed ye sow, another reaps; The wealth ye find, another keeps; The robes ye weave, another wears; The arms ye forge, another bears.

Plagiarism Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Song--To Men of England

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Lost Echo sits amid the voiceless mountains, And feeds her grief.

Echo Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Adonais (st. 15)

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The desire of the moth for the star, Of the night for the morrow, The devotion to something afar From the sphere of our sorrow.

Desire Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: To---- One Word is too Often Profaned.

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Kings are like stars--they rise and set, they have The worship of the world, but no repose.

Royalty Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Hellas--Mahmud to Hassan (l. 195)

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Peter was dull; he was at first Dull;--Oh, so dull--so very dull! Whether he talked, wrote, or rehearsed-- Still with his dulness was he cursed-- Dull--beyond all conception--dull.

Stupidity Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Peter Bell the Third (pt. VII, XI)

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It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

Stupidity Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: Peter Bell the Third (pt. VII, XI)

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Songs consecrate to truth and liberty.

Songs Quotes, by Percy Bysshe Shelley , Source: To Wordsworth (l. 12)

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