(thanks to the article about Wrongly Attributed Statements - ошибочно приписываемые цитаты)
Resolve to be tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and the wrong.
Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
The famous Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who crafted “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan” wrote the text above in a notebook circa 1818. Many years later his grandson, Ernest Hartley Coleridge, edited and published selections from the notebook under the title “Anima Poetae”.
A scrambled version of the text was in circulation by the 1960's, and it is often shared online in modern times:
What if you slept
And what if in your sleep you dreamed
And what if in your dream you went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if when you awoke you had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?
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