Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage
Landor
1775
1864

English Poet and Prose Writer

Author Quotes

Principles do not mainly influence even the principled; we talk on principle, but we act on interest.

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne.

A man's vanity tells him what is honor; a man's conscience what is justice.

There is no eloquence which does not agitate the soul.

Delay of justice is injustice.

There is no outward sign of politeness which has not a deep, moral reason. Behavior is a mirror in which every one shows his own image. There is a politeness of the heart akin to love, from which springs the easiest politeness of outward behavior... Politeness is not always a sign of wisdom, but the want of it always leaves room for the suspicion of folly.

Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who thinks differently from him.

Those who are quite satisfied sit still and do nothing; those who are not quite satisfied are the sole benefactors of the world.

Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.

We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offense to the most illustrious by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him as abruptly. Diversity of opinion raises no tumult in our presence: each interlocutor stands before us, speaks or is silence, and we adjourn or decide the business at our leisure.

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First Name
Walter Savage
Last Name
Landor
Birth Date
1775
Death Date
1864
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English Poet and Prose Writer