John Keats Quotes

The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing—to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Sept. 17-27, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 156, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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When I have fears that I may cease to be, Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Jan. 31, 1818. Letters of John Keats, vol. 2, no. 43, ed. H.E. Rollins (1958). First lines of an untitled sonnet.
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The Public ... a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. Letter, April 9, 1818. Letters of John Keats, no. 60, ed. Frederick Page (1954). Keats continued, "I never wrote one single line of poetry with the least shadow of public thought." See also Keats's comment under "criticism, professional."
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Though the most beautiful creature were waiting for me at the end of a journey or a walk; though the carpet were of silk, the curtains of the morning clouds; the chairs and sofa stuffed with cygnet's down; the food manna, the wine beyond claret, the window opening on Winander Mere, I should not feel—or rather my happiness would not be so fine, as my solitude is sublime.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Oct. 14-31, 1818, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 94, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine; the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, written Feb. 14-May 3, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 123, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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I would jump down Etna for any public good—but I hate a mawkish popularity.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. Letter, April 9, 1818. Letters of John Keats, no. 60, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. Letter, May 21-25, 1818. Letters of John Keats, no. 66, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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I equally dislike the favour of the public with the love of a woman—they are both a cloying treacle to the wings of independence.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Aug. 23, 1819. Letters of John Keats, no. 144, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous—who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves?
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Aug. 23, 1819. Letters of John Keats, no. 144, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
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Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.
John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Sept. 30, 1820. Letters of John Keats, no. 239, ed. Frederick Page (1954). Written shortly after embarking from England on his last journey to Italy, where he succumbed to tuberculosis, Feb. 23, 1821.
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