Thomas Love Peacock

(1785 - 1866 / England)

Quotations

  • ''Ancient sculpture is the true school of modesty. But where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Crotchet Castle, ch. 7 (1831).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''In a bowl to sea went wise men three,
    On a brilliant night of June:
    They carried a net, and their hearts were set
    On fishing up the moon.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British poet. Nightmare Abbey (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The rich man goes out yachting,
    Where sanctity can't pursue him;
    The poor goes afloat
    In a fourpenny boat,
    Where the bishop groans to view him.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British poet. Rich and Poor; or, Saint and Sinner (l. 36-40). . . Oxford Book of Satirical Verse, The. Geoffrey Grigson, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The mountain sheep are sweeter,
    But the valley sheep are fatter;
    We therefore deemed it meeter
    To carry off the latter.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British poet. The Misfortunes of Elphin (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).

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Margaret Love Peacock

Long night succeeds thy little day;
Oh blighted blossom! can it be,
That this grey stone, and grassy clay,
Have clos'd our anxious care of thee?

The half-form'd speech of artless thought
That spoke a mind beyond thy years;
The song, the dance, by nature taught;
The sunny smiles, the transient tears;

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