Hannah More

(1745-1833 / England)

Quotations

  • ''The wretch who digs the mine for bread,
    Or ploughs, that others may be fed,
    Feels less fatigued than that decreed
    To him who cannot think or read.''
    Hannah More (1745-1833), British writer, reformer, philanthropist. Florio, pt. 1.
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  • ''Small habits, well pursued betimes, May reach the dignity of crimes.''
    Hannah More (1745-1833), British writer, reformer, philanthropist. Florio, pt. 1, l. 77-8 (1786).
  • ''My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.''
    Hannah More (1745-1833), British writer, reformer, philanthropist. Letter, 1801, to the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The Letters of Hannah More (1925).
  • ''Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.''
    Hannah More (1745-1833), British writer, reformer, philanthropist. Letter, 1775, to her sister. The Letters of Hannah More (1925).

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Ode To Dragon

Dragon! since lyrics are the mode,
To thee I dedicate my Ode,
And reason good I plead:
Are those who cannot write, to blame
To draw their hopes of future fame,
From those who cannot read?

O could I, like that nameless wight,
Find the choice minute when to write,

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