Horace Walpole

English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)

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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.
Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
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.
Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
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?
The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is sort of a Divine accident.
The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic. There will, perhaps, be a Thucydides at Boston, a Xenophon at New York, and, in time, a Virgil at Mexico, and a Newton at Peru. At last, some curious traveler from Lima will visit England and give a description of the ruins of St Paul s, like the editions of Balbec and Palmyra.
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
This world is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

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