THE LITERARY QUOTES OF HORACE WALPOLE IN THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO AND OTHER WORKS (2)

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1.“Serendipitous discoveries are made by chance, found without looking for them but possible only through a sharp vision and sagacity, ready to see the unexpected and never indulgent with the apparently unexplainable.”

2.“To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy is to do one’s duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one’s lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it,”

3..“I do not dislike the French from the vulgar antipathy between neighboring nations, but for their insolent and unfounded air of superiority”

4.“History is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed”

5.“Mystery is the wisdom of blockheads”

6.“Old friends are the great blessings of one’s later years. Half a word conveys one’s meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow [To Be] old friends?”
“Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.”

7.“A careless song, with a little nonsense in it, now and then, does not misbecome a monarch”

8.“Prognostics do not always prove prophecies, – at least the wisest prophets make sure of the event first”

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9.“But alas! my Lord, what is blood! what is nobility! We are all reptiles, miserable, sinful creatures. It is piety alone that can distinguish us from the dust whence we sprung, and whither we must return.”― Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

10.“There is no bombast, no similes, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Everything tends directly to the catastrophe.”― Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

11.“The gentle maid, whose hapless tale,these melancholy pages speak;say, gracious lady, shall she fail
To draw the tear a down from thy cheek?”

12.“It is natural for a translator to be prejudiced in favour of his adopted work. More impartial readers may not be so much struck with the beauties of this piece as I was. Yet I am not blind to my author’s defects.”― Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

13.“Manfred, Prince of Otranto, had one son and one daughter: the latter, a most beautiful virgin, aged eighteen, was called Matilda. Conrad, the son, was three years younger, a homely youth, sickly, and of no promising disposition; yet he was the darling of his father, who never showed any symptoms of affection to Matilda. Manfred had contracted a marriage for his son with the Marquis of Vicenza’s daughter, Isabella; and she had already been delivered by her guardians into the hands of Manfred, that he might celebrate the wedding as soon as Conrad’s infirm state of health would permit.”― Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

14.“I desired you once before,” said Manfred angrily, “not to name that woman: from this hour she must be a stranger to you, as she must be to me. In short, Isabella, since I cannot give you my son, I offer you myself.”

15.“Historic justice is due to all characters. Who would not vindicate Henry the Eighth or Charles the Second, if found to be falsely traduced? Why then not Richard the Third?”― Horace Walpole, Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third

16.“All very ancient history, except that of the illuminated Jews, is a perfect fable. It was written by priests, or collected from their reports; and calculated solely to raise lofty ideas of the origin of each nation. Gods and demi-gods were the principal actors; and truth is seldom to be expected where the personages are supernatural. The Greek historians have no advantage over the Peruvian, but in the beauty of their language, or from that language being more familiar to us. Mango Capac, the son of the sun, is as authentic a founder of a royal race, as the progenitor of the Heraclidae. What truth indeed could be expected, when even the identity of person is uncertain? The actions of one were ascribed to many, and of many to one. It is not known whether there was a single Hercules or twenty.”
― Horace Walpole, Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third

17.“It occurred to me some years ago, that the picture of Richard the Third, as drawn by historians, was a character formed by prejudice and invention. I did not take Shakespeare’s tragedy for a genuine representation, but I did take the story of that reign for a tragedy of imagination.”
― Horace Walpole, Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8131.Horace_Walpol

18.“This sublime age reduces everything to its quintessence; all periphrases and expletives are so much in disuse, that I suppose soon the only way of making love will be to say ‘Lie down.’”

19.“Indeed, the ambassadress could see nothing; for Doddington stood before her the whole time, sweating Spanish at her…”

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