Thomas Love Peacock

(1785 - 1866 / England)

Thomas Love Peacock Quotes

  • ''A book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no book—it is a plaything.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Dr. Folliot, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 9 (1831).
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  • ''Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Lady Clarinda, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 3 (1831).
  • ''Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 7 (1817).
  • ''The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 24 (1817).
  • ''I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Mr. Skionar, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 18 (1831).

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Life's Uncertain Day

The briefest part of life's uncertain day,
Youth's lovely blossom, hastes to swift decay:
While love, wine, song, enhance our gayest mood
Old age creeps on, nor thought, nor understood.

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