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Samuel Pepys

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Samuel Pepys (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and subsequently ... more »

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  • ''But Lord! to see the absurd nature of Englishmen, that cannot forbear laughing and jeering at everything that looks strange.''
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. Diary entry, November 27, 1662.
  • The truth is, I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure, knowing that this is the proper age of my life to do it; and, out of my observation that most men that do thrive in the world do forget...
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. Diary entry, March 10, 1666. Written at age 33.
  • ''I went out to Charing Cross to see Major-General Harrison hanged, drawn and quartered—which was done there—he looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition.''
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. diary entry, Oct. 13, 1660. Thomas Harrison was one of the regicides responsible for Charles I's execut...
  • ''I find my wife hath something in her gizzard, that only waits an opportunity of being provoked to bring up; but I will not, for my content-sake, give it.''
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. Diary entry, June 17, 1668.
  • ''Find myself £43 worse than I was the last month ... chiefly arisen from my layings-out in clothes for myself and wife; viz., for her, about £12, and for myself, £55 or thereabouts.''
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. Diary entry, October 31, 1663.
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