Quotes by Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

British writer

Alive from: 1717-1797

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
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    Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.
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    I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.
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    It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.
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    Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel.
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    Men are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
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    Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
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    Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
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    Old friends are the great blessings of one's later years. Half a word conveys one's meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow [To Be] old friends?
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    The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
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    The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
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    This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
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    To act with common sense, according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy, to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is, and despise affectation.
    Source: Letter to Sir Horace Mann (27-05-1776)
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    When people will not weed their mind, they are apt to be overrun with nettles.
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