Percy Bysshe Shelley Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old percy bysshe shelley quotes, percy bysshe shelley sayings, and percy bysshe shelley proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.      

Percy Bysshe Shelley

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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Sing again, with your dear voice revealing A tone Of some world far from ours, Where music and moonlight and feeling Are one.     

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Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our sweetest songs are those of saddest thought.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The cloud of mind is discharging its collected lightning.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Constancy has nothing virtuous in itself, independently of the pleasure it confers, and partakes of the temporizing spirit of vice in proportion as it endures tamely moral defects of magnitude in the object of its indiscreet choice.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

And many more destructions played in this ghastly masquerade, all disguised, even to the eyes, like bishops, lawyers, peers, or spies.     

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Obedience indeed is only the pitiful and cowardly egotism of him who thinks that he can do something better than reason.     

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As in the soft and sweet eclipse, when soul meets soul on lover's lips     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

In fact, the truth cannot be communicated until it is perceived.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.     

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Chameleons feed on light and air: Poets food is love and fame.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The breath of accusation kills an innocent name, and leaves for lame acquittal the poor life, which is a mask without it.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley