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Horace Walpole

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

— Horace Walpole

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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

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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

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

— Horace Walpole

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In science, mistakes always precede the truth.

— Horace Walpole


I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due.

— Horace Walpole

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Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

— Horace Walpole

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By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.

— Horace Walpole

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Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.

— Horace Walpole

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Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.

— Horace Walpole

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Early life: 1717–1739
Walpole was born in London the youngest son of British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole and his wife Catherine. Upon coming of age he became Comptroller of the Pipe and Clerk of the Estreats which gave him an income of £300 per annum.

He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill the home he built in Twickenham south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors and for his Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto. Horatio Walpole 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797) was an English art historian man of letters antiquarian and Whig politician. Along with the book his literary reputation rests on his Letters which are of significant social and political interest.

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