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Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford

Geburtstag: 24. September 1717
Todesdatum: 2. März 1797

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Horace Walpole, 4. Earl of Orford war ein britischer Schriftsteller, Politiker und Künstler. Er gilt sowohl als Begründer der Gothic Novel als auch des englischen Landschaftsgartens. 1754 prägte er in seinen Briefen den Neologismus Serendipity, den der Soziologe Robert K. Merton dann im wissenschaftlichen Sprachgebrauch einbürgerte.

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„When I first came abroad, every thing struck me“

—  Horace Walpole
Context: ... When I first came abroad, every thing struck me, and I wrote its history; but now I am grown so used to be surprised, that I don't perceive any flutter in myself when I meet with any novelties; curiosity and astonishment wear off, and the next thing is, to fancy that other people know as much of places as one's self; or, at least, one does not remember that they do not. It appears to me as odd to write to you of St. Peter's, as it would do to you to write of Westminster-abbey. Besides, as one looks at churches, &c. with a book of travels in one's hand, and sees every thing particularised there, it would appear transcribing, to write upon the same subjects. Letter to Richard West, from Rome, 16 April 1740 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo1.ark:/13960/t5p84vt55;view=1up;seq=194, p. 42, The Letters of Horace Walpole, ed. P. Cunningham, vol. 1

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

—  Horace Walpole
Letter to Anne, Countess of Ossory, (16 August 1776) A favourite saying of Walpole's, it is repeated in other of his letters, and might be derived from a similar statement attributed to Jean de La Bruyère, though unsourced: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think". An earlier form occurs in another published letter: 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. Letter to Sir Horace Mann (31 December 1769)

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„The whole nation hitherto has been void of wit and humour, and even incapable of relishing it.“

—  Horace Walpole
On Scotland, in a etter to Sir Horace Mann (1778); comparable to "It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding", by Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir, vol. i. p. 15.

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„If a passion for freedom is not in vogue, patriots may sound the alarm till they are weary.
The Act of Habeas Corpus, by which prisoners may insist on being brought to trial within a limited time, is the corner-stone of our liberty.“

—  Horace Walpole
Notes of 1758, published in Memoires of the Last Ten Years of the Reign of George the Second (1822), p. 226; also published as "Memoirs of the Year 1758" in Memoirs of King George II, Vol. III (1985), p. 10<!-- Yale University Press -->

„Our supreme governors, the mob.“

—  Horace Walpole
Letter to Sir Horace Mann (7 September 1743)

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