Agnes Repplier


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Agnes Repplier (April 1, 1855 – November 15, 1950) was an American essayist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her essays are esteemed for their scholarship and wit. more »

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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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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