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How can the bird that is born for joySit in a cage and sing?How can a child, when fears annoy, But droop his tender wing, And forget his youthful spring?
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.
Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
Active evil is better than passive good
The bird a nest the spider a web man friendship.
But when he has done this, let him not say that he knows better than his master, for he only holds a candle in sunshine.
A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.
Imitation is criticism.
When nations grow old the Arts grow coldAnd commerce settles on every tree
The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
If a thing loves, it is infinite.
I was angry with my friend:I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe:I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
The emmet's inch and eagle's mileMake lame philosophy to smile.He who doubts from what he seesWill ne'er believe, do what you please.- "Auguries of Innocence
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.