Horace Walpole

[4th Earl of Orford] (1717-1797 / London)

Horace Walpole Quotes

  • ''[King René of Anjou (1409-80)] would not listen to the news of his son having lost the Kingdom of Naples, because he would not be disturbed when painting a picture of a partridge.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 70, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1788.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''The sure way of judging whether our first thoughts are judicious, is to sleep on them. If they appear of the same force the next morning as they did over night, and if good nature ratifies what good sense approves, we may be pretty sure we are in the right.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 62, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1787.
  • ''Nothing has shown more fully the prodigious ignorance of human ideas and their littleness, than the discovery of [Sir William] Herschell, that what used to be called the Milky Way is a portion of perhaps an infinite multitude of worlds!''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 58, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1787.
  • ''Manfred, prince of Otranto, had one son and one daughter: the latter, a most beautiful virgin, aged eighteen, was called Matilda.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. The Castle of Otranto, ch. 1 (1764). The first sentence of the first Gothic novel.
  • ''An ancient prophecy ... pronounced, That the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it!''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. The Castle of Otranto, ch. 1 (1764).
  • ''I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Letter, April 15, 1768.
  • ''The Methodists love your big sinners, as proper subjects to work upon.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Letter, May 3, 1749.
  • ''Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Letter, May 6, 1736.
  • ''It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her i's, to save ink.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. letter, Oct. 4, 1785.
  • ''Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.''
    Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Letter, July 3, 1752. Correspondence, vol. 9, Yale edition (1937-83).

Read more quotations »
[Report Error]