Quotes by Horace Walpole
- 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.
- By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses one misses more nonsense than sense.
- 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.
- Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
- 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.
- 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.
- Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.
- The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.