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Whatever they did, the Elysians were careful never to be vehement.
When I want to read a book I write one.
- attributed to,
in a review of "Lothair" in "Blackwood's Magazine"
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
Whenever you see a man who is successful in society, try to discover what makes him pleasing, and if possible adopt his system.
Wherever is found what is called a paternal government was found a State education. It had been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience was to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Without tact you can learn nothing.
Women carry a beautiful hand with them to the grave, when a beautiful face has long ago vanished.
You must not contrast too strongly the hours of courtship with the years of possession.
You must originate, and you must sympathize; yon must possess, at the same time, the habit of communicating and the habit of listening. The union is rather rare, but irresistible.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
- Autobiography [Lies]
Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
- Coningsby (bk. III. ch. I) [Age]
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
- Contarini Fleming (pt. IV, ch. 5)
[Genius : Patience]
The unexpected disappearance of Mr. Canning from the scene, followed by the transient and embarrassed phantom of Lord Goderich.
- Endymion (ch. III) [Apparitions]
The Athanasian Creed is the most splendid ecclesiastical lyric ever poured forth by the genius of man.
- Endymion (ch. LIV) [Doctrine]
The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right.
- Endymion (ch. LXX) [World]
"As for that," said Waldenshare, "sensible men are all of the same religion." "Pray, what is that?" inquired the Prince. "Sensible men never tell."
- Endymion (ch. LXXXI),
borrowed from Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (7th Lord Shaftesbury)
The sweet simplicity of the three per cents.
- Endymion (ch. XCVI),
in the House of Commons [Money]
His Christianity was muscular.
- Endymion (ch. XIV) [Christianity]
London is a roost for every bird.
- Lothair (ch. XI) [London]
"I could have brought you some primroses, but I do not like to mix violets with anything."
"They say primroses make a capital salad," said Lord St. Jerome.
- Lothair (ch. XIII) [Primroses]
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
- Lothair (ch. XVII) [Democracy]
The gondola of London [A hansom].
- Lothair (ch. XXVII),
H. Schutz Wilson in "Three Paths" claims to have originated the phrase (1759)
Every woman should marry--and no man.
- Lothair (ch. XXX) [Matrimony]
You know who critics are?--the men who have failed in literature and art.
- Lothair (ch. XXXV) [Criticism]
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