S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
[An English poet and author; born in Devonshire, Oct. 21, 1772; while a Cambridge undergraduate enlisted as a dragoon, but was discovered and discharged; printed his first volume of poems, 1796; removed to Keswick, 1800, and lived in the society of Southey and Wordsworth; published The Friend, 1809, and other works between 1810 and 1825; removed to London, and died there, 1834.]
As there is much beast and some devil in man, so there is some angel and God in him.
Frederick the Great saw only the first element: Every man has a wild beast within him, he wrote to Voltaire, in 1759. If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, said Coleridge, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.
I dont wonder you think Wordsworth a small man: he runs so far before us all that he dwarfs himself in the distance.
To Mackintosh, who expressed his astonishment at Coleridges estimation of one so much his inferior as Wordsworth. When asked which of Wordsworths productions he liked best, Coleridge replied, his daughter Dora.
Coleridge, who was a bad rider, was accosted when on horseback by a wag who asked him if he knew what happened to Balaam: The same thing as happened to me, replied the poet,an ass spoke to him.
Southey said of him, The moment any thing assumes the shape of a duty, Coleridge feels himself incapable of discharging it.
Hookham Frere once observed, Coleridges waste words would have set up a dozen of your modern poets.