John Keats Quotes

Most popular John Keats Quotes

The poetry of earth is never dead.
— John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.
— John Keats

beauty

Love is my religion—I could die for it.
— John Keats

love

What is more gentle than a wind in summer?
— John Keats

nature summer

Time, that aged nurse, rocked me to patience.
— John Keats
My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
— John Keats

imagination

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
— John Keats

experience

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
— John Keats
Let me have music dying, and I seek no more delight.
— John Keats
If one has no heart, one cannot write for the masses.
— John Keats
Call the world if you please "The Vale of Soul-Making."
— John Keats

the world

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

pleasure and pain

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

failure

There is an awful warmth about my heart like a load of immortality.
— John Keats
Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave
A paradise for a sect.

fanaticism

A Cheerful life is what Muses love, a soaring spirit is their prime delight.
— John Keats
I never can feel certain of any truth but from a clear perception of its beauty.
— John Keats

truth

If poetry comes not as naturally as leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.
— John Keats
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty"—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

truth beauty

Beauty is truth, truth, beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
— John Keats
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.
— John Keats

poetry

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increase; it will never pass into nothingness.
— John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.

beauty

I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of Imagination.
— John Keats
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
— John Keats

pain trouble

I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a poem and to be given away by a novel.
— John Keats

novels poetry

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never. Pass into nothingness; but still will keep.
— John Keats
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it.
— John Keats
A long poem is a test of invention which I take to be the polar star of poetry, as fancy is the sails, and imagination the rudder.
— John Keats

poetry imagination

Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.
— John Keats

success failure success & failure

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.
— John Keats

intelligence

I compare human life to a large mansion of many apartments, two of which I can only describe, the doors of the rest being as yet shut upon me.
— John Keats

life

The automobile changed our dress, manners, social customs, vacation habits, the shape of our cities, consumer purchasing patterns, common tastes and positions in intercourse.

cars

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and trouble is to school an intelligence and make it a soul, a place where the heart must feel and suffer in a thousand diverse ways?
— John Keats

the human condition

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.
— John Keats

martyr

I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their 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. My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.
— John Keats
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.
— John Keats

adolescence

At once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously - I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.