Coleridge, Samuel Taylor


… the World is not a total present, like a circle in space — but a manifest Spiral or infinite Helix in time & motion — proved by Geology”

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Entry 27 August 1823, Notebook 20 (British Library Add. ms. 47517) cited in H. J. Jackson, “‘Turning and Turning’: Coleridge on Our Knowledge of the External World” PMLA, Vol. 101, No. 5. (Oct., 1986), pp. 851.

Nature does not glide, or creep, or run but moves by vaults, as the Grasshopper, or the Water long legs, by successive pushes and pauses …

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, around 1827, British Library Add. Manuscript 34225, fol. 143r, cited in H. J. Jackson, “‘Turning and Turning’: Coleridge on Our Knowledge of the External World” PMLA, Vol. 101, No. 5. (Oct., 1986), pp. 851.