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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Geburtstag: 21. Oktober 1772
Todesdatum: 25. Juli 1834

Samuel Taylor Coleridge [ˈkoʊlərɪdʒ oder ˈkoʊlrɪdʒ] war ein englischer Dichter der Romantik, Kritiker und Philosoph. Zusammen mit William Wordsworth und Robert Southey gehörte er den sogenannten Lake Poets an. Sein bekanntestes Werk ist die Ballade The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – veröffentlicht 1798 in der gemeinsam mit Wordsworth herausgegebenen Sammlung Lyrical Ballads, die nach traditioneller Auffassung die englische Romantik begründete.

Coleridge prägte die Formel von der willentlichen Aussetzung der Ungläubigkeit.

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„Der betet gut, wer Liebe hegt // Für alle, groß und klein! // Gott, der uns schuf, der liebt uns all', // Will allen Vater sein.“ Der alte Matrose (The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere), [Der Siedler lebt im grünen Wald], www. zeno. org

„Wahrheitsliebe heißt nicht, die Wahrheit zu sagen, sondern die Absicht, sie mitzuteilen.“ Biographia Literaria

„Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.“ Literary Remains, Vol. 1

„What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?“
The Complete Poems

„Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.“
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

„Silence does not always mark wisdom.“

„Poetry: the best words in the best order.“

„Readers may be divided into four classes: I. Sponges, who absorb all they read, and return it nearly in the same state, only a little dirtied. II. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing, and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. III. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. IV. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.“ Notes And Lectures Upon Shakespeare And Some Of The Old Poets And Dramatists

„Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.“
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

„Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.“

„Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor.“

„Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.“

„He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.“
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

„He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.“

„Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was white as leprosy,
The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold.“
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

„Like one, that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows, a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.“
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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