John Keats Quotes

John Keats Quotes

Introduction,

John Keats was an English poet and one of the key figures of the Romantic movement. He was born on October 31, 1795, in London, England, to a working-class family. Keats was the oldest of four children, and his parents both died when he was young, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother.

Keats was educated at the Clarke School in Enfield, where he developed a love of literature and poetry. He began writing poetry at an early age, and his first published work appeared in 1816.

Keats is known for his sensual and highly emotional poetry, which often explores themes of love, beauty, and mortality. Some of his most famous works include “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” and “To Autumn.”

Despite his growing reputation as a poet, Keats’ life was marked by tragedy and illness. He contracted tuberculosis in 1818, and his health continued to decline over the next few years. Keats died on February 23, 1821, at the age of 25, in Rome, Italy.

Although he lived a relatively short life, Keats’ poetry has had a lasting impact on English literature and culture, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Romantic era. His works continue to be studied and admired by scholars and readers around the world.

Beauty is truth, truth beauty, —that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.


I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.


Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?


A thing of beauty is a joy forever.


The poetry of the earth is never dead.


Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer.


Pleasure is oft a visitant; but pain / Clings cruelly to us.


The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.


A poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence; because he has no identity – he is continually filling some other body.


I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.

John Keats Quotes
John Keats Quotes


The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.


I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.


I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute.


A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.


I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of the imagination.


Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.


I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion — I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more. I could be martyred for my religion. Love is my religion and I could die for that. I could die for you.


Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.


A proverb is no proverb to you until life has illustrated it.


I am certain that a good poem is a contribution to reality, and that a good poet is of the opposite party to the liar.

John Keats Quotes
John Keats Quotes


Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.


I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.


A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.


The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.


Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.


Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.


Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.


I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.


Love is my religion – I could die for it.


Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.

John Keats Quotes
John Keats Quotes


Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer.


You are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.


Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.


The poetry of the earth is never dead.


There is nothing stable in the world; uproar’s your only music.


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.


My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.


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.


Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings.


I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

John Keats Quotes
John Keats Quotes


Poetry should… should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.


He ne’er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.


What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.


Much have I traveled in the realms of gold, and many goodly states and kingdoms seen.


I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion – I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more – I could be martyred for my religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that.


It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.


I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.


Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.


Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.


Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.

John Keats Quotes
John Keats Quotes


I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.


With a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration. John Keats


I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute.


There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.


The Public – a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.


Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?