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Walter Savage Landor

Geburtstag: 30. Januar 1775
Todesdatum: 17. September 1864

Walter Savage Landor war ein englischer Dichter und Schriftsteller.

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„What is reading but silent conversation.“

—  Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

Quelle: Imaginary Conversations

„When a cat flatters… he is not insincere: you may safely take it for real kindness.“

—  Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

Quelle: Imaginary Conversations

„But I have sinuous shells of pearly hue…
Shake one, and it awakens; then apply
Its polished lips to your attentive ear,
And it remembers its august abodes,
And murmurs as the ocean murmurs there.“

—  Walter Savage Landor

Gebir, Book I (1798). Compare: "Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed/ Mysterious union with his native sea", William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book iv. Wordsworth's prompted Landor to comment, "Poor shell! that Wordsworth so pounded and flattened in his marsh it no longer had the hoarseness of a sea, but of a hospital", Walter Savage Landor, Letter to John Forster.

„Stand close around, ye Stygian set,
with Dirce in the boat conveyed,
Lest Charon, seeing her, forget,
That he is old and she a shade.“

—  Walter Savage Landor

Epitaph on Dirce - George Orwell called it 'one of the best epitaphs in English - If I were a woman it would be my favourite epitaph-it would be the one I should like to have for myself." - quoted in Orwell:Collected Works, It is What I Think, p. 45.

„Shakespeare is not our poet, but the world's,
Therefore on him no speech! and brief for thee,
Browning! Since Chaucer was alive and hale,
No man hath walked along our roads with step
So active, so inquiring eye, or tongue
So varied in discourse.“

—  Walter Savage Landor

To Robert Browning (1846). Compare: "Nor sequent centuries could hit/ Orbit and sum of Shakespeare's wit", Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day and Other Pieces, Solution.

„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.“

—  Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

"Chesterfield and Chatham".
Imaginary Conversations (1824-1829)

„Ah what avails the sceptered race,
Ah what the form divine!“

—  Walter Savage Landor, Rose Aylmer

Rose Aylmer (1806).

„I strove with none, for none was worth my strife;
Nature I loved; and next to Nature, Art.
I warmed both hands before the fire of life;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.“

—  Walter Savage Landor

I Strove with None (1853). The work is identified in Bartlett's Quotations, 10th edition (1919) as Dying Speech of an old Philosopher.
Quoted in W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge, The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia, 1944, p. 161.

„Ambition is but Avarice on stilts and masked.“

—  Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

"Lord Brooke and Sir Philip Sidney".
Imaginary Conversations (1824-1829)

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