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Horace Walpole

[4th Earl of Orford]

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Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797) was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book,... more »

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  • Cunning is neither the consequence of sense, nor does it give sense. A proof that it is not sense, is that cunning people never imagine that others can see through them. It is the consequence of weakn...
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 23, ed. by Lars E. Troide, copyright Yale University Press (1978...
  • The passions seldom give good advice but to the interested and mercenary. Resentment generally suggests bad measures. Second thoughts and good nature will rarely, very rarely, approve the first hints ...
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 62, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Origin...
  • René of Anjou [(1409-80)] painted a picture of his mistress's corpse as he found it eaten by worms on having it [her tomb] opened on his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. This [is] another instan...
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, pp. 10-11, ed. by Lars E. Troide, copyright Yale University Press (...
  • ''If Paris lived now, and preferred beauty to power and riches, it would not be called his Judgment, but his Want of Judgment.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 60, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Origin...
  • Silly people are apt to say, I had rather be governed by an absolute monarch than by the mob Mbut no country is governed by the mob. In a mere democratic government, a sort of government that never ca...
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, pp. 63-4, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Ori...
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