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Lytton Strachey Quotes and Sayings

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Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France
suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity;
it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower.
- Lytton Strachey

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey

When the French nation gradually came into existence
among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul,
a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.
- Lytton Strachey

 

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -
ignorance,
which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits,
with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
- Lytton Strachey

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is,
his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages.
He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past.
- Lytton Strachey

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Though, with the ascendancy of Louis,
the political power of the nobles finally came to an end,
France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life,
completely aristocratic.
- Lytton Strachey

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere
of the later Middle Ages.
- Lytton Strachey

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire
seems to have been trying -
half unconsciously,
perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.
- Lytton Strachey

Englishmen have always loved Moliere.
- Lytton Strachey

The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly
established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I
vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.
- Lytton Strachey

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

With a very few exceptions, every word in the French
vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.
- Lytton Strachey

The history of the Victorian Age will never be written:
we know too much about it.
- Lytton Strachey

In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest
writers who have lived upon this earth.
And his genius was not simply artistic;
it displayed itself no less in his character and in
the quality of his thought.
- Lytton Strachey

English dramatic literature is, of course,
dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable
that an English reader should measure the value of
other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare
has already implanted in his mind.
- Lytton Strachey

The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action,
the exalted passions of chivalry and war -
faded into the background,
and their place was taken by the refined and intimate
pursuits of peace and civilization.
- Lytton Strachey

In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same
kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain,
Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England.
His glory is more than national - it is universal.
- Lytton Strachey

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory.
Without memory we'd have amnesia. What good would there be in that?
Offer discretion and discernment for our past
with a broad spectrum of forgiveness.
As for our present moment, delight.
And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
- Evelyn Waugh

Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.
- Junius

Discretion is the perfection of reason,
and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
- Walter Scott

The first duty of a state is to see that every child
born therein shall be well housed,
clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
- John Ruskin

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden

Every man has his dignity.
I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion
and not when someone else tells me to.
- Denis Diderot

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never
making a mistake as by never repeating it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion;
even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,
and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is
more than to speak in good words,
or in good order.
- Francis Bacon

Judgment is not upon all occasions required,
but discretion always is.
- Philip Stanhope

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
- Hannah More

The rest is a mere matter of detail,
to be settled with judgment,
discretion, and caution.
- John Griffin Carlisle

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which
he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours.
This right flows from the very nature of man.
- William Godwin

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper,
may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin,
or follow bad courses, out of charitable design,
and with hope to reclaim them.
- Isaac Barrow

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily
serve with the help of God,
to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some,
following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
- Pope Gregory VII

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers
of the society but the people themselves;
and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise
their control with a wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
- Thomas Jefferson

So long as the laws remain such as they are today,
employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so;
but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves
for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
- Marquis de Sade

Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion,
such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews.
Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Ignorance and bungling with love
are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones;
to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

Better late than never.
- Proverb

Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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