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#1. The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#2. We listen to those whom we know to be of the same opinion as ourselves, and we call them wise for being of it; but we avoid such as differ from us. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#3. The very beautiful rarely love at all; those precious images are placed above the reach of the passions: Time alone is permitted to efface them. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#4. Dignity, in private men and in governments, has been little else than a stately and stiff perseverance in oppression; and spirit, as it is called, little else than the foam of hard-mouthed insolence. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#5. Truth is a point, the subtlest and finest; harder than adamant; never to be broken, worn away, or blunted. Its only bad quality is, that it is sure to hurt those who touch it; and likely to draw blood, perhaps the life blood, of those who press earnestly upon it. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#6. When the mind loses its feeling for elegance, it grows corrupt and groveling, and seeks in the crowd what ought to be found at home. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#7. Old trees in their living state are the only things that money cannot command. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#8. If in argument we can make a man angry with us, we have drawn him from his vantage ground and overcome him. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#9. Consult duty not events. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#10. The worse of ingratitude lies not in the ossified heart of him who commits it, but we find it in the effect it produces on him against whom it was committed. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#11. Friendship may sometimes step a few paces in advance of truth. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#12. Wherever there is excessive wealth, there is also in the train of it excessive poverty. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#13. Those who speak against the great do not usually speak from morality, but from envy. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#14. Wisdom consisteth not in knowing many things, nor even in knowing them thoroughly; but in choosing and in following what conduces the most certainly to our lasting happiness and true glory. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#15. The deafest man can hear praise, and is slow to think any an excess. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#16. Friendships are the purer and the more ardent, the nearer they come to the presence of God, the Sun not only of righteousness but of love. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#17. There is no easy path leading out of life, and few easy ones that lie within it. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#18. We cannot conquer fate and necessity, yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#19. It is easy to look down on others; to look down on ourselves is the difficulty. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#20. There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#21. The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#22. Not dancing well, I never danced at all
and how grievously has my heart ached when others where in the full enjoyment of that conversation which I had no right even to partake. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#23. Fame, they tell you, is air; but without air there is no life for any; without fame there is none for the best. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#24. A critic is never too severe when he only detects the faults of an author. But he is worse than too severe when, in consequence of this detection, be presumes to place himself on a level with genius. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#25. If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt, if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius; and Fancy herself would lie muffled up in her robe, inactive, pale, and bloated. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#26. Men universally are ungrateful towards him who instructs them, unless, in the hours or in the intervals of instruction, he presents a sweet-cake to their self-love. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#27. We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind, since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others, and we teach the good that they are good in vain. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#28. The spirit of Greece, passing through and ascending above the world, hath so animated universal nature, that the very rocks and woods, the very torrents and wilds burst forth with it. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#29. We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#30. Cruelty, if we consider it as a crime, is the greatest of all; if we consider it as a madness, we are equally justifiable in applying to it the readiest and the surest means of oppression. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#31. Life is but sighs; and, when they cease, 'tis over. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#32. Ambition does not see the earth she treads on: The rock and the herbage are of one substance to her. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#33. Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#34. Sculpture and painting are moments of life; poetry is life itself. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#35. There is a gravity which is not austere nor captious, which belongs not to melancholy nor dwells in contraction of heart: but arises from tenderness and hangs upon reflection. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#36. The foundation of domestic happiness is faith in the virtue of woman. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#37. Experience is our only teacher both in war and peace. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#38. Something of the severe hath always been appertaining to order and to grace; and the beauty that is not too liberal is sought the most ardently, and loved the longest. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#39. Absurdities are great or small in proportion to custom or insuetude. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#40. We talk on principal, but act on motivation. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#41. I would recommend a free commerce both of matter and mind. I would let men enter their own churches with the same freedom as their own houses; and I would do it without a homily or graciousness or favor, for tyranny itself is to me a word less odious than toleration. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#42. I see the rainbow in the sky, the dew upon the grass; I see them, and I ask not why they glimmer or they pass. With folded arms I linger not to call them back; 'twere vain: In this, or in some other spot, I know they'll shine again. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#43. Fleas know not whether they are upon the body of a giant or upon one of ordinary size. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#44. The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#45. Do not expect to be acknowledged for what you are, much less for what you would be; since no one can well measure a great man but upon the bier. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#46. I sometimes think that the most plaintive ditty has brought a fuller joy and of longer duration to its composer that the conquest of Persia to the Macedonian. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#47. Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#48. The vain poet is of the opinion that nothing of his can be too much: he sends to you basketful after basketful of juiceless fruit, covered with scentless flowers. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#49. Every good writer has much idiom; it is the life and spirit of language. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#50. Children are what the mothers are. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#51. Great men always pay deference to greater. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#52. Religion is the eldest sister of philosophy: on whatever subjects they may differ, it is unbecoming in either to quarrel, and most so about their inheritance. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#53. It often comes into my head That we may dream when we are dead, But I am far from sure we do. O that it were so! then my rest Would be indeed among the blest; I should for ever dream of you. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#54. Avoid, which many grave men have not done, words taken from sacred subjects and from elevated poetry: these we have seen vilely prostituted. Avoid too the society of the barbarians who misemploy them. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#55. A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#56. Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#57. The Siren waits thee, singing song for song. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#58. An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#59. Friendship is a vase, which, when it is flawed by heat, or violence, or accident, may as well be broken at once; it can never be trusted after. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#60. How delightful it is to see a friend after a length of absence! How delightful to chide him for that length of absence to which we owe such delight. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#61. Of all failures, to fail in a witticism is the worst, and the mishap is the more calamitous in a drawn-out and detailed one - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#62. The sweetest souls, like the sweetest flowers, soon canker in cities, and no purity is rarer there than the purity of delight. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#63. I hate false words, and seek with care, difficulty, and moroseness, those that fit the thing. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#64. The most pernicious of absurdities is that weak, blind, stupid faith is better than the constant practice of every human virtue. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#65. The present, like a note in music, is nothing but as it appertains to what is past and what is to come. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#66. Let a gentleman be known to have been cheated of twenty pounds, and it costs him forty a-year for the remainder of his life. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#67. Circumstances form the character; but, like petrifying matters, they harden while they form. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#68. Was genius ever ungrateful? Mere talents are dry leaves, tossed up and down by gusts of passion, and scattered and swept away; but, Genius lies on the bosom of Memory, and Gratitude at her feet. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#69. We cannot at once catch the applauses of the vulgar and expect the approbation of the wise. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#70. You should indeed have longer tarried By the roadside before you married. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#71. I strove with none; for none was worth my strife. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#72. Cats, like men, are flatterers. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#73. There is no more certain sign of a narrow mind, of stupidity, and of arrogance, than to stand aloof from those who think differently from us. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#74. Hope is the mother of faith. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#75. Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#76. As the pearl ripens in the obscurity of its shell, so ripens in the tomb all the fame that is truly precious. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#77. I never did a single wise thing in the whole course of my existence, although I have written many which have been thought so. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#78. I have suffered more from my bad dancing than from all the misfortunes and miseries of my life put together. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#79. No truer word, save God's, was ever spoken,
Than that the largest heart is soonest broken. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#80. A wise man will always be a Christian, because the perfection of wisdom is to know where lies tranquillity of mind and how to attain it, which Christianity teaches. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#81. Next in criminality to him who violates the laws of his country, is he who violates the language. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#82. Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#83. What is companionship where nothing that improves the intellect is communicated, and where the larger heart contracts itself to the model and dimension of the smaller? - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#84. No friendship is so cordial or so delicious as that of girl for girl; no hatred so intense and immovable as that of woman for woman. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#85. Teach him to live unto God and unto thee; and he will discover that women, like the plants in woods, derive their softness and tenderness from the shade. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#86. Falsehood is for a season. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#87. It is as wise to moderate our belief as our desires. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#88. Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#89. We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#90. The damps of autumn sink into the leaves and prepare them for the necessity of their fall; and thus insensibly are we, as years close around us, detached from our tenacity of life by the gentle pressure of recorded sorrow. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#91. There are proud men of so much delicacy that it almost conceals their pride, and perfectly excuses it. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#92. We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment; the course is then over, the wheel turns round but once, while the reaction of goodness and happiness is perpetual. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#93. I have since written what no tide
Shall ever wash away, what men
Unborn shall read o'er ocean wide
And find Ianthe's name agen. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#94. Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#95. Nothing is pleasanter to me than exploring in a library. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#96. Clear writers, like fountains, do not seem so deep as they are; the turbid look the most profound. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#97. Fancy is imagination in her youth and adolescence. Fancy is always excursive; imagination, not seldom, is sedate. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#98. Of all studies, the most delightful and the most useful is biography. The seeds of great events lie near the surface; historians delve too deep for them. No history was ever true. Lives I have read which, if they were not, had the appearance, the interest, and the utility of truth. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#99. No good writer was ever long neglected; no great man overlooked by men equally great. Impatience is a proof of inferior strength, and a destroyer of what little there may be. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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#100. Modesty and diffidence make a man unfit for public affairs; they also make him unfit for brothels. - Author: Walter Savage Landor
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