Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage Landor
Walter Savage Landor
  • Born: January 30, 1775
  • Died: September 17, 1864
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet

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Walter Savage Landor was an English writer, poet, and activist. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the critical acclaim he received from contemporary poets and reviewers was not matched by public popularity. As remarkable as his work was, it was equalled by his rumbustious character and lively temperament. Both his writing and political activism, such as his support for Lajos Kossuth and Giuseppe Garibaldi, were imbued with his passion for liberal and republican causes. He befriended and influenced the next generation of literary reformers such as Charles Dickens and Robert Browning.

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Every sect is a moral check on its neighbor. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce. Religion & God
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always. Truth ;Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
States, like men, have their growth, their manhood, their decrepitude, their decay. States. Nations & Nationhood
A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! Power
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
Consult duty not events.
Delay in justice is injustice.
Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who think differently from him. Religion & God
Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce. Religion & God
Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good. Happiness & Unhappiness
Great men always pay deference to greater.
Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.
I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.
Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend.
Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.
No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable.
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose. Literature, Writers & Writing
Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.
The wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face the same colour. Power
The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer.
There is no easy path leading out of life, and few easy ones that lie within it. Life
There is nothing on earth divine except humanity.
Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess. Truth
We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. Happiness & Unhappiness
We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented.
We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.

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