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Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes


Percy Bysshe Shelley When Percy Bysshe Shelley left this earth before his time at the young age of 29, the irony of the saying "only the good die young" would have been completely lost on a society that shunned his beliefs and were outraged by his lifestyle. Yet here was the man whose theories of non-violent resistance inspired David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi to hone their own versions of passive resistance. This was the man that supported all sentient beings with this famous passionate Shelley quote: "Never again may blood of bird or beast, Stain with its venomous stream a human feast". He went on to say: "It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust". These are the words of a passionate and caring man, the words of a man who lived before his time, the words of a man whose talent lay unrecognised during his lifetime. Indeed Shelley was denigrated during his lifetime and beyond by the close minded and puritanical who could not accept his radical viewpoints. It was left to the poets, philosophers and free thinkers of subsequent generations to keep his spirit and the meaning of his works alive. His legacy is a who's who list of latter day literary giants, statesmen and political theorists who all drew inspiration from what was in his day deemed radical idealism. As would be expected from a wordsmith of this calibre, here is my compilation of 15 of the best Percy Bysshe Shelley quotes

  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Born: 4th August 1792, Field Place, Warnham, West Sussex, England, UK
  • Died: 8th July 1822, Gulf of La Spezia, Sardinia
  • Cause of death: Drowning, after his boat capsized during a storm
  • Occupation: Poet, dramatist and novelist
  • Nickname: Mad Shelley
  • Literary movement: Romanticism
  • Inspired: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Bertrand Russell, C. S. Lewis, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Bernard Shaw, Karl Marx, Lord Byron, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Robert Browning, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Upton Sinclair and W. B. Yeats
  • Trivia: His second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, was the author of "Frankenstein" and the idea for the book came during a weekend of literary brain storming horror stories with her husband and Lord Byron whilst staying at Lake Geneva in Switzerland
  • Quotes about Percy Bysshe Shelley: Bertrand Russell said this about him: "Shelley appealed to me from his hatred of tyranny. And also from his very vivid sense of beauty, natural beauty, and every kind of beauty. And I thought he sort of portrayed a lovely world of the imagination"
  • George Bernard Shaw said this mouth watering quote about him: "I was a cannibal for twenty five years. For the rest I have been a vegetarian. It was Shelley who first opened my eyes to the savagery of my diet"

"Soul meets soul on lovers' lips"

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"Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon"

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"War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade"

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"The more we study the more we discover our ignorance"

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

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

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"Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age"

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"Hell is a city much like London - a populous and smoky city"

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"We must prove design before we can infer a designer"

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"Music, when soft voices die vibrates in the memory"

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

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"Faded, like a cloud which had outwept its rain"

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"Familiar acts are beautiful through love"

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"Worse than a bloody hand is a hard heart"

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"I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed"

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