Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes

Percy Bysshe Shelley


We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Percy Bysshe Shelley


All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


The man Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys:Power, like a desolating pestilence,Pollutes whate'er it touches, and obedience,Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame,A mechanised automaton.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Nothing in the world is singleAll things by law divineIn one another's being mingleWhy not I with thine?

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Words are but holy as the deeds they cover.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.

Percy Bysshe Shelley



Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!

Percy Bysshe Shelley


I Fall upon the thorns of life....

Percy Bysshe Shelley


You would not easily guess All the modes of distress Which torture the tenants of earth; And the various evils, Which like so many devils, Attend the poor souls from their birth.

Percy Bysshe Shelley