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

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

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

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.

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

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.

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

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

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.

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.

We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.

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

He would be a very absurd legislator who should pretend to set bounds to his country's welfare, lest it should perish by knowing no bounds.

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.