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Percy Bysshe Shelley



    History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

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    Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

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    Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

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    Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.

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    Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, - but it returneth.

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    Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted

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    Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life... is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.

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    Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.

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    In the infancy of society every author is necessarily a poet

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    It might make one in love with death, to be buried in so sweet a place.

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    Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.

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    Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches.

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    Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of its all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore, and called it gold: before whose image bow the vulgar great, the vainly rich, the miserable proud, the mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, and with blind feelings reverence the power that grinds them to the dust of misery.

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    How wonderful is death! Death and his brother sleep.

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    A dream has power to poison sleep.

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    A husband and wife ought to continue united so long as they love each other. Any law which should bind them to cohabitation for one moment after the decay of their affection would be a most intolerable tyranny, and the most unworthy of toleration.

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    Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.

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