John Keats Quotes (250 quotes)
“There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.”
The Complete Works of John Keats (1820 edition)
Selected Letters of John Keats (2005 edition), Harvard University Press - ISBN: 9780674018419
“Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine; the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.”
John Keats (1990 edition), Oxford University Press, USA
“My spirit is too weak — mortality
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagin'd pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
Like a sick Eagle looking at the sky.”
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles (1817).
“In drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne'er remember
Their green felicity.”
In drear-nighted December', st. 1 (1817).
“But were there ever any
Writh'd not of passed joy?
The feel of not to feel it,
When there is none to heal it,
Nor numbed sense to steel it,
Was never said in rhyme.”
Stanzas, st. 3.
“It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.”
On the Sea (1817).
“Shed no tear! O shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! O weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root's white core.”
Faery Songs, I (1818).
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Born: October 31, 1795
Died: February 23, 1821 (aged 25)
Bio: John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death.