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The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.
In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always.
We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented.
Walter Savage Landor
No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.
Walter Savage Landor
A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.
Walter Savage Landor
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend.
Walter Savage Landor
Great men always pay deference to greater.
The wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face the same colour.
Walter Savage Landor
The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
There is no easy path leading out of life, and few easy ones that lie within it.
Walter Savage Landor
There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer.
I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.
Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who think differently from him.
Walter Savage Landor
An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
Walter Savage Landor
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.
Walter Savage Landor
We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.
Walter Savage Landor
Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
Walter Savage Landor
We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
Walter Savage Landor
Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.
Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good.
Walter Savage Landor
Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.
Walter Savage Landor
Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.
Walter Savage Landor
Consult duty not events.
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
Delay in justice is injustice.
Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.
Walter Savage Landor
We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
Walter Savage Landor
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
Walter Savage Landor
We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
Walter Savage Landor
We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.
No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable.
The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
There is nothing on earth divine except humanity.
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.
Walter Savage Landor