THE LITERARY QUOTES OF HORACE WALPOLE IN THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO AND OTHER WORKS (1)

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HORACE WALPOLE’S LITERARY COBBLESTONES…WAS HE GAY?

1.Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
2.Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
3.The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
4.We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.
5.Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I’d place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
6.By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.
7.Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
8.It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.
9.Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice
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10.Thy looks, thy actions, all thy beauteous self seems an emanation of divinity, said Theodore, but thy words are dark and mysterious…Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
11.Surely if a comedy may be toute serieuse, tragedy may now and then, soberly, be indulged in a smile. Who shall proscribe it? shall the critic, who, in self-defence, declares that no kind ought to be excluded from comedy, give laws to Shakespeare?
12.Heaven mocks the short-sighted views of man… Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
13.A bystander often sees more of the game than those that play,” answered Bianca— Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
14.Frederic offered his daughter to the new prince, which Hippolita’s tenderness for Isabella concurred to promote: but Theodore’s grief was too fresh to admit the thought of another love; and it was not until after frequent discourses with Isabella of his dear Matilda, that he was persuaded he could know no happiness but in the society of one, with whom he could for ever indulge the melancholy that had taken possession of his soul.— Horace Walpole, from The Castle of Otranto
15.Shall I even confess to you what was the origin of my romance? I waked one morning in the beginning of last June from a dream, of which all I could recover was, that I had thought myself in an ancient castle (a very natural dream for a head filled like mine with Gothic story) and that on the uppermost bannister of a great staircase I saw a gigantic hand in armour. In the evening I sat down and began to write, without knowing in the least what I intended to say or relate.— Horace Walpole writing to William Cole, 9 March 1765, about the origins of his novel The Castle of Otranto (first published Christmas Eve 1764), generally regarded to be the first Gothic novel
16.That great master of nature, Shakespeare, was the model I copied. Let me ask if his tragedies of Hamlet or Julius Caesar would not lose a considerable share of the spirit and wonderful beauties, if the humour of the grave-diggers, the fooleries of Polonius, and the clumsy jests of the Roman citizens were omitted, or vested in heroics? Is not the eloquence of Antony, the nobler and affectedly unaffected oration of Brutus, artificually exalted by the rude bursts of nature from the mouths of their auditors? These touches remind one of the Grecian sculptor, who, to convey the idea of a Colossus within the dimensions of a seal, inserted a little boy measuring his thumb.— Horace Walpole defending his decision to put comic relief servants in The Castle of Otranto.
17,.All night he pleased himself with visions of love; […].—The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole.
18.Their minds were in a situation that excluded sleep— ‘The Castle of Otranto’ by Horace Walpole

Major Works

Some Anecdotes of Painting in England (1762)
The Castle of Otranto (1764)
The Mysterious Mother (1768)
Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of Richard III (1768)
On Modern Gardening (1780)
A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole (1784)
Hieroglyphic Tales (1785)

TO BE CONTINUED

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