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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Horace Walpole on comedy, essay, meaning, tragedy, castle, meaning, think, respect, secret, humor, conquer, justice, art and lie.

20 Insightful Quotes By Horace Walpole On Tragedy, Imagination, Life And More

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Politician

Born On: September 24, 1717

Died On: March 2, 1797

Born In: London

Died At Age: 79

Horace Walpole was a renowned English man of letters, Whig politician, art historian and antiquarian. Some decades before his Victorian successors, he revived the Gothic style and built ‘Strawberry Hill House’ in ‘Twickenham’, south-west London. His writings, letters, thoughts, books and work hold a lot of political and social significance. Walpole is best-known for his first Gothic novel titled, ‘The Castle Of Otranto’. His thoughts, letters and writings have been published in 48 volumes by ‘Yale University Press’. In 1911, ‘The Walpole Society’ was formed in order to promote the study of the history of British art. Following are some profound, popular and inspiring quotable quotations and sayings by Horace Walpole which have been excerpted from his letters, books, thoughts, writings, essays, works and life. Read through the corpus of famous quotes and sayings by Horace Walpole on credit, lost, virtue, nature, character, beautiful, poetry, science, circumstances, age, thoughts, admire, youth, power, naked, religion, ambition, society, welfare and more.

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

Horace Walpole

When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.

Horace Walpole

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

Horace Walpole

Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.

Horace Walpole

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

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

Horace Walpole

I can forgive injuries, but never benefits.

Horace Walpole

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

There is no bombast, no similes, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Everything tends directly to the catastrophe.

Horace Walpole

Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.

Horace Walpole

I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel – a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.

Horace Walpole

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

Horace Walpole

Life is a Comedy for those who Think... and a Tragedy for those who Feel.

Horace Walpole

In science, mistakes always precede the truth.

Horace Walpole

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?

Horace Walpole

Life is a comedy to those who think, and tragedy to those who feel.

Horace Walpole

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

Horace Walpole

Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.

Horace Walpole

This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

Horace Walpole

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

Horace Walpole