- Rintrah roars and shakes his fires in the burdened air;
- Hungry clouds swag on the deep.
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.
Note to The Voice of the Devil
Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.
Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that call'd Body is a portion of Soul discern'd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
Opposition is true Friendship.
The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
The busy bee has no time for sorrow.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.
- The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
- The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
- The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
- The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
The cistern contains: the fountain overflows.
One thought. fills immensity.
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius; lift up thy head!
Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.
The ancient poets animated all objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could perceive. And particularly they studied the genius of each city & country, placing it under its mental deity; Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of & enslav'd the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects: thus began priesthood; Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounc'd that the Gods had order'd such things. Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.