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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Samuel Pepys on dinner, administration, navy, frugality, writing, marriage and discipline.

9 Top Quotes From The Diary Of Samuel Pepys

Quick Facts

Famous As: Member of Parliament

Born On: February 23, 1633

Died On: May 26, 1703

Born In: Kingdom of England

Founder / Co Founder: Royal Mathematical School

Died At Age: 70

Samuel Pepys was a senior British Member of Parliament and administrator of navy. Despite no prior sea-time experience, Pepys rose through the ranks to become the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty, serving under King Charles II and King James II. This can be credited due to his hard work, dedication, philanthropy, patronage and adept in administration. He was famous for his diary which gave an account of the English Restoration era. This diary gained recognition posthumously due the eyewitness account of the iconic events during the era he lived in such as ‘Great Plague of London’, ‘The Second Dutch War’ and ‘The Great Fire of London’. Pepys was also instrumental in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy through the reforms he imposed in Admiralty. Various modern day adaptations have been made on the life of Pepys, namely ‘The Private Life of Samuel Pepys’ and ‘The Great Fire’. His library possessed over 3000 volumes of his work including sixty manuscripts which form some of the most significant surviving works from the 17th century. His thoughts and work emphasized on happiness, success, wealth, relationship, wisdom, knowledge, education and friendship. Here are some of the most enlightening quotes and sayings from Samuel Pepys, the legendary British statesman. 

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.

Samuel Pepys

Great talk among people how some of the Fanatiques do say that the end of the world is at hand, and that next Tuesday is to be the day. Against which, whenever it shall be, good God fit us all!

Samuel Pepys

A fish kept in a glass of water will live forever

Samuel Pepys

And so to bed.

Samuel Pepys

He that will not stoop for a pin will never be worth a pound.

Samuel Pepys

Strange, to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.

Samuel Pepys

Now public business takes up so much of my time that I must get time a Sundays or a nights to look after my own matters.

Samuel Pepys