When a Frenchman reads of the garden of Eden, I do not doubt but he concludes it was something approaching to that of Versailles, with clipped hedges, berceaus, and trellis work.

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

The establishment of a society for the encouragement of arts will produce great benefits before they are perverted to mischiefs.

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.

I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due.

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

The world is a tragedy to those who feel but a comedy to those who think.

It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it.

Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.

I never found even in my juvenile hours that it was necessary to go a thousand miles in search of themes for moralizing.

Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.

Pictures may serve as helps to religion but are only an appendix to idolatry, for the people must be taught to believe in false gods and in the power of saints before they will learn to worship their images.

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.

How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.

Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel.