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Born in January 30, 1775 / Died in September 17, 1864 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Walter Savage Landor

There is no easy path leading out of life, and few easy ones that lie within it.
Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good.
Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.
No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.
Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
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.
Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.
The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.
Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess.
Delay in justice is injustice.
We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer.
Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always.
I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.
An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable.
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.
Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest.
My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
There is nothing on earth divine except humanity.
Great men always pay deference to greater.
The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.