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John Keats
(1795-1821) born on
Oct 31
English poet. He was one of the foremost Romantic poets whose poems included "Ode on a Grecian Urn."
         
   
F
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.

R
Many have original minds who do not think it -- they are led away by custom.
A
Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.
N
There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify -- so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 17-27 Sep 1819, in "Letters of John Keats," no. 90, ed. by Frederick Page, 1954.
R: In "Words of Wisdom," by Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1989.
A: "The Carnal Myth," ch. 5, 1968.
N: Letter, 14 Feb --3 May 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats.
K: Letter, 9 Oct 1818, in "Letters of John Keats," no. 90, ed. by Frederick Page, 1954.
   


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