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Walter Savage Landor Quotes


An English writer and poet.
(1775 - 1864)

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A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.
[Conscience]
 

A mercantile democracy may govern long and widely; a mercantile aristocracy cannot stand.
[Government]
 

A smile is ever the most bright and beautiful with a tear upon it. - What is the dawn without its dew? - The tear, by the smile, is made precious above the smile itself.
[Tears]
 

A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
 

Although men of eminent genius have been guilty of all other vices, none worthy of more than a secondary name has ever been a gamester. Either an excess of avarice, or a deficiency of excitability, is the cause of it; neither of which can exist in the same bosom with genius, patriotism, or virtue.
[Gambling]
 

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
[Ambition]
 

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
[Ambition]
 

An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
 

As the pearl ripens in the obscurity of its shell, so ripens in the tomb all the fame that is truly precious.
[Fame]
 

As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them ... so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsafe and unsatisfactory.
[Friendship]
 

Belief in a future life is the appetite of reason.
 

Children are what the mothers are; no fondest father's fondest care can so fashion the infant's heart, or so shape the life.
[Mother]
 

Clear writers, like clear fountains, do not seem so deep as they are; the turbid looks most profound.
[Style]
 

Consult duty not events.
 

Delay of justice is injustice.
[Justice]
 

Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who think differently from him.
 

Every good writer has much idiom; it is the life and spirit of language.
[Style]
 

Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on what subjects he may. - He carries with him, for thousands of years, a portion of his times.
[History]
 

Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.
 

Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature.
 


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