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TOBIAS GEORGE SMOLLETT
Scottish novelist and historian
(1721 - 1771)
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A man's opinion of danger varies at different times, in consequence of an irregular tide of animal spirits; and he is actuated by considerations which he dares not avow.
      - [Danger]

Facts are stubborn things.
      - [Evidence]

False as the fowler's artful snare.
      - [Falsehood]

Glory is the fair child of peril.
      - [Glory]

Nature and wisdom are not, but should be, companions.
      - [Nature]

Nature I'll court in her sequester'd haunts,
  By mountain, meadow, streamlet, grove, or cell;
    Where the pois'd lark his evening ditty chants,
      And health, and peace, and contemplation dwell.
      - [Country]

Not to the ensanguin'd field of death alone
  Is valor limited: she sits serene
    In the deliberate council, sagely scans
      The source of action: weighs, prevents, provides,
        And scorns to count her glories, from the feats
          Of brutal force alone.
      - [Courage]

Opposition is the very spur of love.
      - [Opposition]

Ridiculous modes, invented by ignorance, and adopted by folly.
      - [Dress]

To the valiant actions speak alone.
      - [Action]

True courage scorns to vent her prowess in a storm of words; and to the valiant action speaks alone.
      - [Blustering]

Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.
      - [Proverbs]

One wit, like a knuckle ham in soup, gives a zest and flavour to the dish, but more than one serves only to spoil the pottage.
      - Humphrey Clinker [Wit]

And hearts resolved and hands prepared
  The blessings they enjoy to guard.
      - Humphry Clinker--Ode to Leven Water
        [Resolution]

The great Cham of literature. (Samuel Johnson)
      - Letter to Wilkes [Literature]

Thy spirit, Independence, let me share!
  Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye,
    Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,
      Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
      - Ode to Independence (l. 1) [Independence]

Deep in the frozen regions of the north,
  A goddess violated brought thee forth,
    Immortal Liberty!
      - Ode to Independence (l. 5) [Liberty]

On Leven's banks, while free to rove,
  And tune the rural pipe to love,
    I envied not the happiest swain
      That ever trod the Arcadian plain.
        Pure stream! in whose transparent wave
          My youthful limbs I wont to lave;
            No torrents stain thy limpid source,
              No rocks impede thy dimpling course,
                That sweetly warbles o'er its bed,
                  With white, round, polish'd pebbles spread.
      - Ode to Leven Water [Leven River]

In a certain county of England, bounded on one side by the sea, and at the distance of one hundred miles from the metropolis, lived Gamaliel Pickle Esq; the father of that hero whose adventures we propose to record.
      - Peregrine Pickle [Books (First Lines)]

Number three is always fortunate.
      - Peregrine Pickle,
        quoted as a well-known proverb
        [Superstition]

A mere index hunter, who held the eel of science by the tail.
      - Peregrine Pickle (ch. XLIII) [Science]

He will be weighed again
  At the Great Day,
    His rigging refitted,
      And his timbers repaired,
        And with one broadside
          Make his adversary
            Strike in his turn.
      - Peregrine Pickle (vol. III, ch. VII),
        Epitaph on Commodore Trunnion [Epitaphs]

Thy fatal shafts unerring move;
  I bow before this altar, Love!
      - Roderick Random (ch. XL, st. 1) [Love]

I was born in the northern part of this united kingdom, in the house of my grandfather; a gentleman of considerable fortune and influence, who had, on many occasions, signalised himself in behalf of his country; and was remarkable for his abilities in the law, which he exercised with great success, in the station of a judge, particularly against beggars, for whom he had a singular aversion.
      - The Adventures of Roderick Random
        [Books (First Lines)]

Every shot has its commission, d'ye see? We must all die at one time, as the saying is.
      - The Reprisal (act III, 8) [War]


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