Quotes by Horace Walpole
My aversion to them...springs from the perniciousness of that sect to society I hate Papists, as a man, not as a Protestant. If Papists were only enemies to the religion of other men, I should overlook their errors. As they are foes to liberty, I cannot forgive them.
It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it.
It is the story of a mountebank and his zany.
Our supreme governors, the mob.
The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
Harry Vane, Pulteney's toad to eater.
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.
Allen of Bath procured them the same honours from thence; and for some weeks it rained gold boxes: Chester, Worcester, Norwich, Bedford, Salisbury, Yarmouth, Tewkesbury, Newcastle to on to Tyne, Stirling, and other populous and chief towns following the example. Exeter, with singular affection, sent boxes of heart of oak.
A careless song, with a little nonsense in it now and then, does not misbecome a monarch.
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 whole nation hitherto has been void of wit and humour, and even incapable of relishing it.
If a passion for freedom is not in vogue, patriots may sound the alarm till they are weary. The Act of Habeas Corpus, by which prisoners may insist on being brought to trial within a limited time, is the corner stone of our liberty.
Prognostics do not always prove prophecies, at least the wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
A tragedy can never suffer by delay: a comedy may, because the allusions or the manners represented in it maybe temporary.
The way to ensure summer in England is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room.
Posterity always degenerates till it becomes our ancestors.
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 Isaac Newton at Peru. At last, some curious traveller from Lima will visit England and give a description of the ruins of St Paul's, like the editions of Balbec and Palmyra.
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