Saturday, 3 March 2018

More Thomas Love Peacock

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Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.


They have poisoned the Thames and killed the fish in the river. A little further development of the same wisdom and science will complete the poisoning of the air, and kill the dwellers on the banks. I almost think it is the destiny of science to exterminate the human race.


I like the immaterial world. I like to live among thoughts and images of the past and the possible, and even of the impossible, now and then.

My quarrel with him is, that his works contain nothing worth quoting; and a book that furnishes no quotations, is me judice, no book,—it is a plaything.


... where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.



The present is our own; but while we speak,
We cease from its possession, and resign
The stage we tread on, to another race,
As vain, and gay, and mortal as ourselves.



Nothing can be more obvious than that all animals were created solely and exclusively for the use of man.


The mountain sheep are sweeter,
But the valley sheep are fatter;
We therefore deemed it meeter.
To carry off the latter.


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