Percy Shelley

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In existographies, Percy Shelley (163-133 BE) (1792-1822 ACM) (IQ:185|#59) (ID:6.17|30) (RGM:562|1,350+) (PR:2381|65AE / writer:245) (Gottlieb 1000:509) (Nelson 19:12) (FA:119) (GA:15) (CR:100) (LH:19) (TL:129|#87) was an English romantic poet and philosopher, auto-defined "atheist, democrat, philanthropist" (Shelley, 1816)[1], aka “Britain’s most famous atheist” (Ѻ), role model behind the character "Dr Frankenstein" of his wife Mary Shelley's 1818 Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus; noted for his "this idea"[2] of a human chemical elective affinities philosophy, similar to what Goethe and Schiller had derived earlier, e.g. Mary and he were said to have been "married" in the "church of elective affinities" (Jul 1814).[3]



Shelley was influenced by: Pierre Laplace, Cabanis, Bailly, J.P. Robinet’s System of Nature (which Shelley translated from French into English himself) (Ѻ), Rousseau, Pliny the Elder, Lucretius, Francis Bacon, John Locke, David Hume, Newton, Marquis Condorcet, and Constantin Volney, to name a few. (Ѻ)


Shelley influenced: George Byron and Mary Shelley.


Quotes | By

The following are quotes:

“Every time we say that god is the author of some phenomenon, that signifies that we are ignorant of how such a phenomenon was able to operate by the aid of forces or causes that we know in nature.”
— Percy Shelley (1811), The Necessity of Atheism (inspired by Spinoza)
What is love? Ask him who lives, what is life; ask him who adores, what is god? Thou demandest what is love. It is that powerful attraction towards all we conceive, or fear, or hope beyond ourselves, when we find within our own thoughts the chasm of in insufficient void, and seek to awaken in all things that are, a community with what we experience within ourselves. If we reason, we would be understood; if we imagine, we would that the airy children of our brain were born anew within another’s; if we feel, we would that another’s nerves should vibrate to our own, that the beams of their eyes should kindle at once and mix and melt into our own; that lips of motionless ice should not reply to lips quivering and burning with the heart’s best blood. This is love. This is the bond and the sanction which connects not only man with man, from the instant that we live, more and more thirsts after its likeness. It is probably in correspondence with this law that the infant drains milk from the bosom of its mother; this propensity develops itself with the development of our nature.”
— Percy Shelley (c.1815), “On Love” [4]

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  1. Shelley, Percy. (1816). "Description he entered, under "occupation", in hotel register" (Ѻ), Switzerland.
  2. This idea – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. Shelley, Mary. (1839). “Memoir of Shelley”, in: The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley: in Three Volumes (Church of Elective Affinities, pg. xxviii) (editor: Mary Shelley with a Memoir). Little, Brown and Co, 1855.
  4. Shelley, Percy. (1815). “On Love”, in: The Prose Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Volume Two (pgs. 267-68). Publisher.


  • Shelley, Percy. (1811). Necessity of Atheism (pdf). Publisher.
  • Shelley, Percy. (1813). The Necessity of Atheism and Other Essays (§: Necessity of Atheism:Revised and Expanded (Note to Queen Mab), pgs. 31-44). Prometheus, 1993.

Further reading

  • Hart, Scott. (2013). Shelley Unbound: Discovering Frankenstein’s True Creator. Feral.


  • Anon. (2020). “Percy Shelley: the Persecution of Shelly, Champions of Reason” (YT), Rationality Rules, Dec 17.

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