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100 Timeless Quotes By John Keats That Will Touch Your Heart

Famous As: English Romantic Lyric Poet
Born On: October 31, 1795
Died On: February 23, 1821
Born In: Moorgate, London, England
Died At Age: 25

English Romantic poet John Keats is counted amongst the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Even though Keats died at the young age of 25, it was not before he had created a significant amount of literary output that earned him acclaim for long after his death. Keats’ poetry is characterized by sensual imagery, as was common in Romantic poetry of his era. Even though not famous during his lifetime, his popularity catapulted to great heights in the years following his untimely death from tuberculosis. Highly prolific in life, he left behind some works which eventually made him one of the most beloved of all English poets. Even almost two centuries after his death, he remains a much studied and admired British poet. These poignant quotes by the John Keats are sure to tug at the strings of your heart!

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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter

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

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

John Keats
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.

I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.

John Keats
Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.

John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

John Keats
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.

John Keats
Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.

Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.

John Keats
Touch has a memory.

Touch has a memory.

John Keats
The poetry of the earth is never dead.

The poetry of the earth is never dead.

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

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

John Keats
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter: therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter: therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.

John Keats
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all 
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know

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

John Keats
Life is but a day:
A fragile dewdrop on its perilious way
From a tree's summit

Life is but a day: A fragile dewdrop on its perilious way From a tree's summit

John Keats
I want a brighter word than bright

I want a brighter word than bright

John Keats
I have good reason to be content,
for thank God I can read and
perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.

I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.

John Keats
You are always new. The last of your kisses was even the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest.

You are always new. The last of your kisses was even the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest.

John Keats
My love is selfish. I cannot breathe without you.

My love is selfish. I cannot breathe without you.

John Keats
Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not

Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not

John Keats
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.

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
I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

John Keats
My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk

My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk

John Keats
We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author.

We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author.

John Keats
There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.

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

John Keats
O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!

O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!

John Keats
The excellence of every Art is its intensity.

The excellence of every Art is its intensity.

John Keats
I have so much of you in my heart.

I have so much of you in my heart.

John Keats
Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.

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

John Keats
My mind has been the most discontented and restless one that ever was put into a body too small for it.

My mind has been the most discontented and restless one that ever was put into a body too small for it.

John Keats
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one!

Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one!

John Keats
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.

If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.

John Keats
Here lies one whose name was writ on water.

Here lies one whose name was writ on water.

John Keats
I wish to believe in immortality-I wish to live with you forever.

I wish to believe in immortality-I wish to live with you forever.

John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases;
It will never
Pass into nothingness.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; It will never Pass into nothingness.

John Keats
I wish I was either in your arms full of faith, or that a Thunder bolt would strike me.

I wish I was either in your arms full of faith, or that a Thunder bolt would strike me.

John Keats
Dancing music, music sad,
Both together, sane and mad…

Dancing music, music sad, Both together, sane and mad…

John Keats
You cannot conceive how I ache to be with you: how I would die for one hour...

You cannot conceive how I ache to be with you: how I would die for one hour...

John Keats
You have absorb'd me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving.

You have absorb'd me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving.

John Keats
It ought to come like the leaves to the trees, or it better not come at all.

It ought to come like the leaves to the trees, or it better not come at all.

John Keats
My chest of books divide amongst my friends--

My chest of books divide amongst my friends--

John Keats
Thou art a dreaming thing,
A fever of thyself.

Thou art a dreaming thing, A fever of thyself.

John Keats
It keeps eternal whisperings around desolate shores

It keeps eternal whisperings around desolate shores

John Keats
We have woven a web, you and I, attached to this world but a separate world of our own invention.

We have woven a web, you and I, attached to this world but a separate world of our own invention.

John Keats
Nothing ever becomes real till experienced – even a proverb is no proverb until your life has illustrated it

Nothing ever becomes real till experienced – even a proverb is no proverb until your life has illustrated it

John Keats
The creature has a purpose, and his eyes are bright with it.

The creature has a purpose, and his eyes are bright with it.

John Keats
Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget...

Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget...

John Keats
To Sorrow I bade good-morrow, And thought to leave her far away behind; But cheerly, cheerly, She loves me dearly: She is so constant to me, and so kind.

To Sorrow I bade good-morrow, And thought to leave her far away behind; But cheerly, cheerly, She loves me dearly: She is so constant to me, and so kind.

John Keats
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.

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
I never was in love - yet the voice and the shape of a woman has haunted me these two days.

I never was in love - yet the voice and the shape of a woman has haunted me these two days.

John Keats
To feel forever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever-or else swoon in death.

To feel forever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever-or else swoon in death.

John Keats
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.

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
Was it a vision or a waking dream? Fled is that music--do I wake or sleep?

Was it a vision or a waking dream? Fled is that music--do I wake or sleep?

John Keats
Alas! when passion is both meek and wild!

Alas! when passion is both meek and wild!

John Keats
You speak of Lord Byron and me; there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.

You speak of Lord Byron and me; there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.

John Keats
I must choose between despair and Energy──I choose the latter.

I must choose between despair and Energy──I choose the latter.

John Keats
And when thou art weary I'll find thee a bed,
Of mosses and flowers to pillow thy head.

And when thou art weary I'll find thee a bed, Of mosses and flowers to pillow thy head.

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.

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.

John Keats
Like a mermaid in sea-weed, she dreams awake, trembling in her soft and chilly nest.

Like a mermaid in sea-weed, she dreams awake, trembling in her soft and chilly nest.

John Keats
Through buried paths, where sleepy twilight dreams
The summer time away.

Through buried paths, where sleepy twilight dreams The summer time away.

John Keats
I will clamber through the clouds and exist.

I will clamber through the clouds and exist.

John Keats
Closer of lovely eyes to lovely dreams,
Lover of loneliness, and wandering,
Of upcast eye, and tender pondering!
Thee must I praise above all other glories
That smile us on to tell delightful stories.

Closer of lovely eyes to lovely dreams, Lover of loneliness, and wandering, Of upcast eye, and tender pondering! Thee must I praise above all other glories That smile us on to tell delightful stories.

John Keats
Beauty is truth, truth beauty

Beauty is truth, truth beauty

John Keats
--then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

--then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

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

Love is my religion--I could die for it.

John Keats
Already with thee! tender is the night. . .
But here there is no light. . .

Already with thee! tender is the night. . . But here there is no light. . .

John Keats
The air is all softness.

The air is all softness.

John Keats
Scenery is fine -but human nature is finer

Scenery is fine -but human nature is finer

John Keats
I have a habitual feeling of my real life having past, and that I am now leading a posthumous existence.

I have a habitual feeling of my real life having past, and that I am now leading a posthumous existence.

John Keats
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite.

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art-- Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite.

John Keats
I find I cannot exist without Poetry

I find I cannot exist without Poetry

John Keats
I see a lily on thy brow,
With anguish moist and fever dew;
And on thy cheek a fading rose
Fast withereth too.

I see a lily on thy brow, With anguish moist and fever dew; And on thy cheek a fading rose Fast withereth too.

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

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

John Keats
Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream,
 And scenes of bliss pass as a phantom by?
---

Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream, And scenes of bliss pass as a phantom by? ---"On death

John Keats
And how they kist each other's tremulous eyes.

And how they kist each other's tremulous eyes.

John Keats
One of the most mysterious of semi-speculations is, one would suppose, that of one Mind's imagining into another

One of the most mysterious of semi-speculations is, one would suppose, that of one Mind's imagining into another

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

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

John Keats
Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes.

Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes.

John Keats
When it is moving on luxurious wings,
The soul is lost in pleasant smotherings.

When it is moving on luxurious wings, The soul is lost in pleasant smotherings.

John Keats
Knowledge enormous makes a god of me.

Knowledge enormous makes a god of me.

John Keats
I am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky!
How beautiful thou art!

I am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky! How beautiful thou art!

John Keats
Darkling I listen; and, for many a time
I have been half in love with easeful Death,
Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme,
To take into the air my quiet breath;

Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath;

John Keats
Tall oaks branch charmed by the earnest stars Dream and so dream all night without a stir.

Tall oaks branch charmed by the earnest stars Dream and so dream all night without a stir.

John Keats
I will imagine you Venus tonight and pray, pray, pray to your star like a Heathen.

I will imagine you Venus tonight and pray, pray, pray to your star like a Heathen.

John Keats
Darkling I listen; and, for many a time / I have been half in love with easeful Death...

Darkling I listen; and, for many a time / I have been half in love with easeful Death...

John Keats
...yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beauty moves away the pall From out dark spirits.

...yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beauty moves away the pall From out dark spirits.

John Keats
Touch has a memory. O say, love, say,
What can I do to kill it and be free?

Touch has a memory. O say, love, say, What can I do to kill it and be free?

John Keats
No sooner had I stepp'd into these pleasures
Than I began to think of rhymes and measures:
The air that floated by me seem'd to say
'Write! thou wilt never have a better day.

No sooner had I stepp'd into these pleasures Than I began to think of rhymes and measures: The air that floated by me seem'd to say 'Write! thou wilt never have a better day.

John Keats
Real are the dreams of gods, and soothly pass their pleasures in a long immortal dream.

Real are the dreams of gods, and soothly pass their pleasures in a long immortal dream.

John Keats
I have had a thousand kisses, for which with my whole soul I thank love—but if you should deny me the thousand and first—‘t would put me to the proof how great a misery I could live through.

I have had a thousand kisses, for which with my whole soul I thank love—but if you should deny me the thousand and first—‘t would put me to the proof how great a misery I could live through.

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

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

John Keats
Life is divine Chaos. It's messy, and it's supposed to be that way.

Life is divine Chaos. It's messy, and it's supposed to be that way.

John Keats
But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings
That fill the sky with silver glitterings!

But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings That fill the sky with silver glitterings!

John Keats
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity...

Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought As doth eternity...

John Keats
Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks
Our ready minds to fellowship divine,
A fellowship with essence; till we shine,
Full alchemiz’d, and free of space. Behold
The clear religion of heaven!

Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks Our ready minds to fellowship divine, A fellowship with essence; till we shine, Full alchemiz’d, and free of space. Behold The clear religion of heaven!

John Keats
When I have fears that I may ceace to be, Before my pen has gleaned my teaming brain

When I have fears that I may ceace to be, Before my pen has gleaned my teaming brain".

John Keats
Time, that aged nurse, rocked me to patience.

Time, that aged nurse, rocked me to patience.

John Keats
Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?

Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering?

John Keats
Where are the songs of Spring? Aye, where are they? Think not of them; thou has thy music too.

Where are the songs of Spring? Aye, where are they? Think not of them; thou has thy music too.

John Keats
... for, by all the stars
That tend thy bidding, I do think the bars
That kept my spirit in are burst - that I
Am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky!
How beautiful thou art!

... for, by all the stars That tend thy bidding, I do think the bars That kept my spirit in are burst - that I Am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky! How beautiful thou art!

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

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

John Keats
For axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses.

For axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses.

John Keats