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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The Flower of Love

'Tis said the rose is Love's own flower,
Its blush so bright, its thorns so many;
And winter on its bloom has power,
But has not on its sweetness any.
For though young Love's ethereal rose
Will droop on Age's wintry bosom,
Yet still its faded leaves disclose
The fragrance of their earliest blossom.

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