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John Keats

  • I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

  • Beauty is truth - truth, beauty - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

  • A proverb is no proverb to you till life has illustrated it.

  • Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.

  • My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

  • Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is truth, and very fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully avoid.

  • The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth.

  • The poetry of the earth is never dead.

  • The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy, but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain.

  • There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.

  • Love in a hut, with water and a crust, is - Love, forgive us! - cinders, ashes, dust.

  • Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.

  • Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.

  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

  • Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.

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