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WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR
English poet and author
(1775 - 1864)
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In honest truth, a name given to a man is no better than a skin given to him; what is not natively his own falls off and comes to nothing.
      - [Names]

It appears to be among the laws of nature, that the mighty of intellect should be pursued and carped by the little, as the solitary flight of one great bird is followed by the twittering petulance of many smaller.
      - [Greatness]

It is as wise to moderate our belief as our desires.
      - [Credulity]

It is delightful to kiss the eyelashes of the beloved--is it not? But never so delightful as when fresh tears are on them.
      - [Kisses]

It is easy to look down on others; to look down on ourselves is the difficulty.
      - [Self-examination]

Justice is often pale and melancholy; but Gratitude, her daughter, is constantly in the flow of spirits and the bloom of loveliness.
      - [Gratitude]

Kings play at war unfairly with republics; they can only lose some earth, and some creatures they value as little, while republics lose in every soldier a part of themselves.
      - [War]

Let me take up your metaphor. Friendship is a vase, which, when it is flawed by heat or violence or accident, may as well be broken at once; it can never be trusted after. The more graceful and ornamental it was, the more clearly do we discern the hopelessness of restoring it to its former state. Coarse stones, if they are fractured, may be cemented again; precious stones, never.
      - [Friendship]

Little men build up great ones, but the snow colossus soon melts; the good stand under the eye of God, and therefore stand.
      - [Goodness]

Merit has rarely risen of itself, but a pebble or a twig is often quite sufficient for it to spring from to the highest ascent. There is usually some baseness before there is any elevation.
      - [Merit]

Moroseness is the evening of turbulence.
      - [Moroseness]

Nations, like individuals, interest us in their growth.
      - [Nation]

No friendship is so cordial or so delicious as that of girl for girl; no hatred so intense and immovable as that of woman for woman.
      - [Friendship]

No good writer was ever long neglected; no great man overlooked by men equally great. Impatience is a proof of inferior strength, and a destroyer of what little there may be.
      - [Appreciation]

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.
      - [Occupations]

O Music! how it grieves me that imprudence, intemperance, gluttony, should open their channels into thy sacred stream.
      - [Music]

Of all studies, the most delightful and the most useful is biography. The seeds of great events lie near the surface; historians delve too deep for them. No history was ever true. Lives I have read which, if they were not, had the appearance, the interest, and the utility of truth.
      - [Biography]

Old trees in their living state are the only things that money cannot command.
      - [Trees]

Politeness is not always a sign of wisdom; but the want of it always leaves room for a suspicion of folly, if folly and imprudence are the same.
      - [Politeness]

Political men, like goats, usually thrive best among inequalities.
      - [Politics]

Religion is the eldest sister of philosophy: on whatever subjects they may differ, it is unbecoming in either to quarrel, and most so about their inheritance.
      - [Philosophy : Religion]

Ridicule has followed the vestiges of truth, but never usurped her place.
      - [Ridicule]

Solicitude is the audience-chamber of God.
      - [Prayer]

Something of the severe hath always been appertaining to order and to grace; and the beauty that is not too liberal is sought the most ardently, and loved the longest.
      - [Beauty]

Study is the bane of boyhood, the aliment of youth, the indulgence of manhood, and the restorative of age.
      - [Study]


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