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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.
Mirth is better than fun and happiness is better than mirth.
When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
A truth that's told with bad intentBeats all the lies you can invent.
The cut worm forgives the plow.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite.
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
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.
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's.
As a man is so he sees.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
I give you the end of a golden string, Only wind it into a ball, It will lead you in at Heaven's gateBuilt in Jerusalem's wall.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare My business is to create.
Some are born to sweet delight Some are born to endless night.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
I have mental joys and mental health Mental friends and mental wealth I've a wife that I love and that loves me I've all but riches bodily.
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
He who replies to words of doubtdoth put the light of knowledge out.
How can a bird that is born for joySit in a cage and sing?
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.
A truth that's told with bad intent - beats all the lies you can invent.
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
Vision is the end of religion.
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
Dip him in the river who loves water.
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
One thought fills immensity.
When i tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.