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 In The Valley

Under yonder beech-tree single on the green-sward,
Couched with her arms behind her golden head,
Knees and tresses folded to slip and ripple idly,
Lies my young love sleeping in the shade.
Had I the heart to slide an arm beneath her,
Press her parting lips as her waist I gather slow,
Waking in amazement she could not but embrace me:
Then would she hold me and never let me go?

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