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Horace Walpole

Datum narození: 24. září 1717
Datum úmrtí: 2. březen 1797

Horace Walpole, IV. Lord z Orfordu, známý jako Horace Walpole, byl politik, spisovatel, architekt a bratranec Lorda Nelsona. Psal čtivé dopisy, nabízející živý obraz intelektuálské aristokracie jeho doby.


„Svět připadá komický těm, kteří myslí, a tragický těm, kteří cítí.“

„The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.“


„When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.“

„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.“

„Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.“

„The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.“

„He was persuaded he could know no happiness but in the society of one with whom he could for ever indulge the melancholy that had taken possession of his soul.“ The Castle of Otranto

„But alas! my Lord, what is blood! what is nobility! We are all reptiles, miserable, sinful creatures. It is piety alone that can distinguish us from the dust whence we sprung, and whither we must return.“ The Castle of Otranto


„I can forgive injuries, but never benefits.“ The Castle of Otranto

„Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.“

„Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.“

„There is no bombast, no similes, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Everything tends directly to the catastrophe.“ The Castle of Otranto


„The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.“

„In science, mistakes always precede the truth.“

„I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel – a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.“

„Life is a Comedy for those who Think... and a Tragedy for those who Feel.“

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