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Samuel Pepys


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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.
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  • ''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 to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it.''
    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 execution. It was said that he met his death with courage, making a final speech on the scaffold: "By God I have leapt over a wall, by God I have run through a troop, and by God I will go through this death, and he will make it easy."
  • ''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.
  • ''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. journal entry, Oct. 13, 1660. The Diary of Samuel Pepys, eds. Robert Latham and William Matthews (1977-83). Thomas Harrison was one of the regicides responsible for Charles I's execution. It was said that he met his death with courage, making a final speech on the scaffold: "By God I have leapt over a wall, by God I have run through a troop, and by God I will go through this death, and he will make it easy."
  • ''God forgive me, I do still see that my nature is not to be quite conquered, but will esteem pleasure above all things; though, yet in the middle of it, it hath reluctancy after my business, which is neglected by my following my pleasure. However, music and women I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is.''
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. Journal entry, March 9, 1666. The Diary of Samuel Pepys, eds. Robert Latham and William Matthews (1977-1983).
  • ''Strange, to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.''
    Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. journal entry, Dec. 25, 1665. The Diary of Samuel Pepys, eds. Robert Latham and William Matthews (1977-83).

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