W. S. Landor Quotes

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Consult duty, not events.
— W. S. Landor
Delay of justice is injustice.


Delay in justice is injustice.
— W. S. Landor


What is reading but silent conversation?


Taken as a whole, the universe is absurd.
— W. S. Landor


A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.


We talk on principle, but we act on interest.


Ambition is but Avarice on stilts and masked.


Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
— W. S. Landor


There is no eloquence which does not agitate the soul.


Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.


My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.


Principles do not mainly influence even the principled; we talk on principle, but we act on interest.

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Principles can not mainly influence even the principled; we talk on principle, but we act on interest.
— W. S. Landor
Authors are like cattle going to a fair: those of the same field can never move on without butting one another.


We cannot conquer fate and necessity, yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could.
— W. S. Landor
Two evils, of almost equal weight, may befall the man of erudition: never to be listened to, and to be listened to always.


Of all failures, to fail in a witticism is the worst; and the mishap is the more calamitous in a drawn-out and detailed one.

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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.


Wherever there is excessive wealth, there is also in the train of it excessive poverty; as, where the sun is brightest, the shade is deepest.


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 its excess.


We should never seek amusement in the foibles of another, never in coarse language, never in low thought.  When the mind loses its feeling for elegance, it grows corrupt and grovelling.