"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Percy Bysshe Shelley on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Percy Bysshe Shelley on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Percy Bysshe Shelley on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Percy Bysshe Shelley on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Percy Bysshe Shelley on Robert Frost
"Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age."
"Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar."
"Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret."
"Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds."
"Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim."