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Timeless quotes by John Keats on nature, beauty, love, religion and life.

100 Timeless Quotes By John Keats That Will Touch Your Heart

Quick Facts

Famous As: Romantic poet

Born On: October 31, 1795

Died On: February 23, 1821

Born In: Moorgate

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

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

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.

John Keats

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.

John Keats

Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.

John Keats

Touch has a memory.

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

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.

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

I have so much of you in my heart.

John Keats

The excellence of every Art is its intensity.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

Here lies one whose name was writ on water.

John Keats

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

John Keats

O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!

John Keats

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

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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...

John Keats

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.

John Keats

My chest of books divide amongst my friends--

John Keats

Thou art a dreaming thing, A fever of thyself.

John Keats

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

John Keats

It keeps eternal whisperings around desolate shores

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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.

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.

John Keats

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

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.

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.

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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.

John Keats

Alas! when passion is both meek and wild!

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

Beauty is truth, truth beauty

John Keats

I will clamber through the clouds and exist.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

The air is all softness.

John Keats

Scenery is fine -but human nature is finer

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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.

John Keats

Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes.

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.

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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;

John Keats

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

John Keats

Knowledge enormous makes a god of me.

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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.

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

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!

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

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

John Keats

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!

John Keats

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.

John Keats

Time, that aged nurse, rocked me to patience.

John Keats

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

John Keats