Percy Shelley – Hellas (1822)


Worlds on worlds are rolling ever
From creation to decay,
Like the bubbles on a river
Sparkling, bursting, borne away.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley (from Hellas, 1822)

Percy Shelley was a non-violent vegetarian…

Good man!

I found this stanza quoted by Bertrand Russell in his History of Western Philosophy (1945) and it just struck a chord with me, so I had to share it… What do you think of this quote, or do you have any particular quotes from a favourite author or philosopher which have created a lasting impression with you? Tell us about it in the comments!

I’m really enjoying Russell’s conspectus of philosophy too. It may just be my opinion but I feel that philosophy has a much greater role to play in education then it currently does. The knowledge, and the daring, of the ancients is definitely worth learning about…

This quote in particular is a summarised version of the view which was the atomic cosmology of Democritus.


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Always Books began as an Instagram profile to document the books which I had read during my Comparative Literature degree. The photos were all of the books I had read, or I was currently reading - I decided to also find a place to get down some of my thoughts about each of these books too, and so this blog was born...

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