Quotations From AGNES REPPLIER


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  • It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. To Think of Tea! Ch. 2 (1932).

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  • It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. "The Luxury of Conversation," Compromises (1904).
  • There is nothing in the world so enjoyable as a thorough-going monomania.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. "The Decay of Sentiment," Books and Men (1888).

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  • Philadelphians are every whit as mediocre as their neighbors, but they seldom encourage each other in mediocrity by giving it a more agreeable name.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. Philadelphia: The Place and the People, introduction (1898).
  • People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. In Pursuit of Laughter, ch. 9 (1936).

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  • Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. In Pursuit of Laughter, ch. 9 (1936).

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  • The pessimist ... is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.
    Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), U.S. author, social critic. "Some Aspects of Pessimism," Books and Men (1888).
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