John Keats Quotes

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.

If poetry comes not as naturally as the 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.

Souls of poets dead and gone What Elysium have thee known? Happy field or mossy cavern, Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern.

I never wrote one single Line of Poetry with the least Shadow of public thought.

Ever let thy Fancy roam, Pleasure never is at home.

Do not all charms fly At the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know her woof, her texture; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings, Conquer all mysteries by rule and line, Empty the haunted air, and gnomed […]

The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing – to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of man: He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear Takes in all beauty with an easy span: He has his Summer, when luxuriously Spring’s honied cud of youthful thought he loves To ruminate, and by such dreaming high Is […]

Music’s golden tongue Flatter’d to tears this aged man and poor.