Thomas De Quincey Quotes

The nations of India discover a domineering taste for fooleries of that class which run into the barbaresque. Their religion is made up of fooleries.

Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.

Thou hast the keys of Paradise, O just, subtle, and mighty opium!

Books, we are told, propose to instruct or to amuse. Indeed! The true antithesis to knowledge, in this case, is not pleasure, but power. All that is literature seeks to communicate power; all that is not literature, to communicate knowledge.

You may compute the period when happiness is in season, which in my judgment, enters the room with the tea-tray. For tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities, or are become so from wine-drinking, and are not susceptible of influence from so refined a stimulant, will always be the […]