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Thomas Love Peacock

Datum narození: 18. říjen 1785
Datum úmrtí: 23. leden 1866

Thomas Love Peacock byl anglický spisovatel.

„Manželství může být rozbouřeným jezerem, ale celibát je vždy zabahněným napajedlem.“

„Zatímco historik a filozof pokračují v urychlování pokroku vědomostí, básník se utápí ve smetí nevědomosti minulosti.“

„I like the immaterial world. I like to live among thoughts and images of the past and the possible, and even of the impossible, now and then.“ Gryll Grange

„When Scythrop grew up, he was sent, as usual, to a public school, where a little learning was painfully beaten into him, and from thence to the university, where it was carefully taken out of him; and he was sent home like a well-threshed ear of corn, with nothing in his head.“ Nightmare Abbey

„Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?“

„The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.“ Melincourt; Or Sir Oran Hautton

„Now I should rather suppose there is no reason for it: it is the fashion to be unhappy. To have a reason for being so would be exceedingly commonplace: to be so without any is the province of genius.“ Nightmare Abbey

„Tea, late dinners and the French Revolution. I cannot exactly see the connection of ideas.“ Nightmare Abbey

„But still my fancy wanders free
Through that which might have been.“

„The explanation, said Mr Glowry, is very satisfactory. The Great Mogul has taken lodgings at Kensington, and the external part of the ear is a cartilaginous funnel.“ Nightmare Abbey

„On the top of Cadair Idris,
I felt how happy a man might be
with a little money and a sane intellect,
and reflected with astonishment and pity
on the madness of the multitude.“

„Surely not without reason, when pirates, highwaymen, and other varieties of the extensive genus Marauder, are the only beau ideal of the active, as splenetic and railing misanthropy is of the speculative energy.“ Nightmare Abbey

„The critic does his utmost to blight genius in his infancy.“ Nightmare Abbey

„She discovered, when it was too late, that she had mistaken the means for the end—that riches, rightly used, are instruments of happiness, but are not in themselves happiness.“ Nightmare Abbey

„The whole party followed, with the exception of Scythrop, who threw himself into his arm-chair, crossed his left foot over his right knee, placed the hollow of his left hand on the interior ancle of his left leg, rested his right elbow on the elbow of the chair, placed the ball of his right thumb against his right temple, curved the forefinger along the upper part of his forehead, rested the point of the middle finger on the bridge of his nose, and the points of the two others on the lower part of the palm, fixed his eyes intently on the veins in the back of his left hand, and sat in this position like the immoveable Theseus, who, as is well known to many who have not been at college, and to some few who have, sedet, oeternumque sedebit. We hope the admirers of the minitiae in poetry and romance will appreciate this accurate description of a pensive attitude.“ Nightmare Abbey

„He had some taste for romance reading before he went to the university, where, we must confess, in justice to his college, he was cured of the love of reading in all its shapes; and the cure would have been radical, if disappointment in love, and total solitude, had not conspired to bring on a relapse.“ Nightmare Abbey

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