Fix'd to no spot is Happiness sincere;
'Tis nowhere to be found, or ev'rywhere;
'Tis never to be bought, but always free.
~ Alexander Pope
Leave me, O Love, which reachest but to dust;
And thou, my mind, aspire to higher things;
Grow rich in that which never taketh rust;
Whatever fades but fading pleasure brings.
~ Sir Philip Sidney
Painting: Sir Philip Sidney (after Isaac Oliver) by George Knapton
Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward. It has soothed my afflictions; it has multiplied and refined my enjoyments; it has endeared solitude; and it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and the beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Painting: Samuel Taylor Coleridge - aged 42 - by Washington Allston - Engraved by Samuel Cousins