George Meredith

(12 February 1828 – 18 May 1909 / Portsmouth, England)

George Meredith Quotes

  • ''Cynicism is intellectual dandyism without the coxcomb's feathers.''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. Clara Middleton, quoting Mr. Whitford, in The Egoist, ch. 7 (1879). Clara adds: "It seems to me that cynics are only happy in making the world as barren to others as they have made it for themselves."
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  • ''Sentimentalists are they who seek to enjoy without incurring the Immense Debtorship for a thing done.''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. Sir Austin Feverel, quoting the "Pilgrim's Scrip," in "Of the Spring Primrose and the Autumnal," ch. 24, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859). speaking of sentimentalism, Sir Austin continued, "It is a happy pastime and an important science to the timid, the idle, and the heartless; but a damning one to them who have anything to forfeit." James Joyce, for whom Meredith was an early influence, quoted this aphorism in Ulysses ch. 9 (1922).
  • ''I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilised by Man.''
    George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, ch. 1 (1859). An aphorism from the "The Pilgrim's Scrip."

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Love's Grave

MARK where the pressing wind shoots javelin-like,
Its skeleton shadow on the broad-back'd wave!
Here is a fitting spot to dig Love's grave;
Here where the ponderous breakers plunge and strike,
And dart their hissing tongues high up the sand:
In hearing of the ocean, and in sight
Of those ribb'd wind-streaks running into white.
If I the death of Love had deeply plann'd,
I never could have made it half so sure,

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