In the following text I will provide some quotes that Samuel Taylor Coleridge spoke. I will also be explaining what I believe each quote means and how it is important and beneficial to live by this advice.
1. “Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.”
I’m sure that every high schooler has been in some sort of drama or fight that a rumor played a great part of. And rumors can harm great friendships and do a lot of damage to people. If you have ever heard a rumor about you I would bet that it didn’t make you feel very good about yourself and probably made you feel worse if someone you thought was your friend actually believed the things that were being said about you. You feel like they should know you better than that right? What Coleridge is saying in this quote is that rumors hurt. And even though you’re not the one who “started it” just by listening and talking about it with others makes you just as guilty as the person who did start the lies. It is important in life for you to learn that not everything you hear is the truth. And you need to rely solely on your own judgment of the person. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
2. “A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.”
Dear Women, the meaning of life is not to be the hottest most wanted person in the world. When you meet your creator (who ever that may be) do you think that they care about how many people desired you in your life? Do you think that your future husband or children care about that? The correct answer would be no. I walk the halls of my high school and see a bunch of young girls with obviously no self-respect. Or clothes for that matter. What Coleridge is saying is that there is more to life then getting attention from the opposite sex. You only have one life so live it to the fullest. Don’t worry about what people think of you, it only matters what you think of yourself. This is a highly beneficial skill to learn because you want to be able to be independent and you must learn to love yourself. Confidence and respct for yourself is what gets you a good man.