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Henry Theodore Tuckerman Quotes


American author and art critic
(1813 - 1871)

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"Never less idle than when idle," was the motto which the admirable Vittoria Colonna wrought upon her husband's dressing-gown. And may we not justly regard our appreciation of leisure as a test of improved character and growing resources?
[Leisure]
 

A pilgrimage is an admirable remedy for over-fastidiousness and sickly refinement.
 

Credulity is perhaps a weakness, almost inseparable from eminently truthful characters.
 

Do not give to your friends the most agreeable counsels, but the most advantageous.
[Advice]
 

Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse.
[Music]
 

Fashion seldom interferes with nature without diminishing her grace and efficiency.
[Fashion]
 

It has been said that self-respect is the gate of heaven, and the most cursory observation shows that a degree of reserve adds vastly to the latent force of character.
 

It is equally true of the pen as the pencil, that what is drawn from life and the heart alone bears the impress of immortality.
[Style]
 

Legitimately produced, and truly inspired, fiction interprets humanity, informs the understanding, and quickens the affections. It reflects ourselves, warns us against prevailing social follies, adds rich specimens to our cabinets of character, dramatizes life for the unimaginative, daguerreotypes it for the unobservant, multiplies experience for the isolated or inactive, and cheers age, retirement, and invalidism with an available and harmless solace.
 

Let us recognize the beauty and power of true enthusiasm; and whatever we may do to enlighten ourselves or others, guard against checking or chilling a single earnest sentiment.
[Enthusiasm]
 

National enthusiasm is the great nursery of genius.
[Patriotism]
 

No man flatters the woman he truly loves.
[Flattery]
 

Nothing quickens the perceptions like genuine love. From the humblest professional attachment to the most chivalric devotion, what keenness of observation is born under the influence of that feeling which drives away the obscuring clouds of selfishness, as the sun consumes the vapor of the morning.
[Love]
 

Perhaps there are no warmer lovers of the muse than those who are only permitted occasionally to gain her favors. The shrine is more reverently approached by the pilgrim from afar than the familiar worshipper. Poetry is often most beloved by one whose daily vocation is armd the bustle of the world.
[Poetry]
 

Society is the offspring of leisure; and to acquire this forms the only rational motive for accumulating wealth, notwithstanding the cant that prevails on the subject of labor.
[Society]
 

The art of walking is at once suggestive of the dignity of man. - Progressive motion alone implies power, but in almost every other instance it seems a power gained at the expense of self-possession.
 

The eye speaks with an eloquence and truthfulness surpassing speech. - It is the window out of which the winged thoughts often fly unwittingly. - It is the tiny magic mirror on whose crystal surface the moods of feeling fitfully play, like the sunlight and shadow on a quiet stream.
 

The hand is the mind's only perfect vassal; and when, through age or illness, the connection between them is interrupted, there are few more affecting tokens of human decay.
 

The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.
[Beauty]
 

There is a policy in manner. I have heard one, not inexperienced in the pursuit of fame, give it his earnest support, as being the surest passport to absolute and brilliant success.
[Manners]
 


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