19th-century Critic Quotes
There must be some one quality without which a work of art cannot exist; possessing which, in the least degree, no work is altogether worthless.
When I was but thirteen or so
I went into a golden land,
Took me by the hand.
Walter James Redfern Turner
There once was an old man of Lyme
Who married three wives at a time,
When asked 'Why a third?'
He replied, 'One's absurd!
And bigamy, Sir, is a crime!'
William Cosmo Monkhouse
On Rousseau's 'Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains':
It would be equally correct to say that sheep are born carnivorous, and everywhere they nibble grass.
Without the striving for infinity there is no life, no development, and no progress.
To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
John Churton Collins
Compliment is taken literally only by the savage. The accuracy of compliment is not that of algebra.
W. C. Brownell
When love first dawns on the mind, the faintest superficial contact flashes along the nerves as a thrill of delicious emotion.
Henry Theophilus Finck
At about six in the morning of July 3, 1860, while I was watering my petunias, and thinking of nothing in particular, I perceived coming towards me, a tall, beardless, fair-haired young fellow, wearing a German cap and gold-rimmed spectacles.
Edmond François Valentin About
Flatulency today consists in saying simply in several different ways the same thing over and over again.
Henry Seidel Canby
Oh, promise me that some day you and I Will take our love together to some sky Where we can be alone and faith renew, And find the hollows where those flowers grew.
What holy cities are to nomadic tribes — a symbol of race and a bond of union — great books are to the wandering souls of men: they are the Meccas of the mind.
George Edward Woodberry
In holy music's golden speech Remotest notes to notes respond: Each octave is a world; yet each Vibrates to worlds beyond its own.
Aubrey Thomas de Vere
No writer or speaker who ignores the roots of Latin derivatives is secure from egregious error.
The secret of pleasure in life, as distinct from its great triumphs of transcendent joy, is to live in a series of small, legitimate successes. By legitimate I mean such as are not accompanied by self-condemnation.
Sydney Thompson Dobell
If the soup had been as warm as the wine;
if the wine had been as old as the turkey;
and if the turkey had had a breast like the maid,
it would have been a swell dinner.
His thoughts were a loose skein of threads,
And tangled emotions, vague and dim;
And sacrificing what he loved
He lost the dearest part of him
In trying to train the mind to judge of works of architecture, one can never be too patient.
Quote of the day
Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.
Predictions that didn't happen
If it's on the Internet it must be true
Remarkable Last Words (or Near-Last Words)
Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon