Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford

Horace
Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford
1717
1797

English Politician, Writer, Historian

Author Quotes

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

Serendipitous discoveries are made by chance, found without looking for them but possible only through a sharp vision and sagacity, ready to see the unexpected and never indulgent with the apparently unexplainable.

Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.

I look upon paradoxes as the impotent efforts of men who, not having capacity to draw attention and celebrity from good sense, fly to eccentricities to make themselves noted.

Don't play for safety. It's the most dangerous thing in the world.

The curse of modern times is, that almost everything does create controversy.

We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.

This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

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

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

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

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.

Envy deserves pity more than anger for it hurts nobody so much as itself. It is a distemper rather than a vice: for nobody would feel envy if he could help it. Whoever envies another, secretly allows that person's superiority.

It is difficult to divest one's self of vanity; because impossible to divest one's self of self-love.

Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.

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First Name
Horace
Last Name
Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford
Birth Date
1717
Death Date
1797
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English Politician, Writer, Historian