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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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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