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Walter Savage Landor
January 30, 1775 - September 17, 1864
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!


We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.


I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.


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 excess.


Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good.


Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.


Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend.


A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.


The wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face the same colour.


We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.


No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.


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


The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.


Delay in justice is injustice.


We talk on principal, but act on motivation.


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.


Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.


Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.


There is nothing on earth divine except humanity.


We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.


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