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    samuel laman blanchard Quotes

    The ancient gentleman who has seen the world, who is profoundly experienced, and much too deep to be the dupe of an age so shallow as this, is to be won by an admiring glance at the brilliancy of his knee-buckle; praise his very pigtail, and you may lead him by it.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: world  age  praise 
     
    Social and political life is a Society for the Diffusion of Mendacity .
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: society  political 
     
    Everybody's word is worth Nobody's taking.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: worth 
     
    So, in our wisdom and fair justice we go on - "Giving to dust that is a little gilt, More laud than gold e'er dusted;" proclaiming the merits of the bad wine, and making it, by every token, as enticing as we can; and blessing our stars that the good will be found out by its flavor "without our stir." As it is inestimable, we seek not to win esteem for it; as it is beyond all praise, we bestow no praises upon it.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: justice  star  blessing  bad  praise  wisdom 
     
    We feel bound to be punctual and conscientious with those we are indifferent about; while we can afford at any time, on the frostiest night, to be an hour after our appointment with the single gentleman who occupies an apartment in our heart's core.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: time  heart  night 
     
    It is surely one of the strangest of our propensities to mark out those we love best for the worst usage; yet we do, all of us. We can take any freedom with a friend; we stand on no ceremony with a friend.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: freedom  friends 
     
    Man will take anything you like, except warning.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: men 
     
    What if two negatives make an affirmative ...does it follow that two nobodies shall be some body?
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    It is an odd mode of diminishing one's own weakness to ask a friend to lend us the equal force of his.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: friends  weakness 
     
    When a story has gone the grand circuit, and travels back to us uncontradicted, we may reasonably begin to relax in our belief of it. If nobody questions it, it is manifestly a fiction; if it passes current, it is almost sure to be a counterfeit. The course of truth never yet ran smooth.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    As success converts treason into legitimacy, so belief converts fiction into fact, and "nothing is but what is not.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: belief  facts  fiction  success 
     
    Shall we not rejoice then and revel in the glorious liberty of extract, and quote to the thousandth line? Shall we not have pages like the Pyramids?
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: quotes  liberty 
     
    It seems to me that, with but slight reserve and modification, we may apply to our departed friend his own pathetic and beautiful elegy upon another.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: friends  beautiful 
     
    For the author there is nothing but his pen, till that and life are worn to the stump: and then, with good fortune, perhaps on his death-bed he receives a pension and equals, it may be, for a few months, the income of a retired butler!
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: author 
     
    For more than twenty years he [Blanchard] toiled on through the most fatiguing paths of literary composition, mostly in periodicals, often anonymously; pleasing and lightly instructing thousands, but gaining none of the prizes, whether of weighty reputation or popular renown, which more fortunate chances, or more pretending modes of investing talent, have given in our day to men of half his merits.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: chance  men  talent  path  year 
     
    How often does it happen that an obscure line finds its way into a periodical... is requoted in every book that comes out during the next three months, and "sleeps again!
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: book 
     
    Of all the many and (thanks to a free press) the ever-multiplying blessings attendant upon the "glorious constitution" of literature, not the least precious and profitable to a modern cultivator of systems and syllables, in pamphlets, magazines, and folios, is the right of Quotation.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    When the error is universal, it is supposed to end. The adoption of the foundling establishes its consanguinity.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    The scarcity of truth is atoned for by the abundance of affidavits; if a rumor be impugned, its veracity is easily strengthened by additional emphasis of affirmation, until at last "everybody says so," and then it is undeniable.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
    tags: truth  abundance 
     
    Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem: There's not a leaf that falls upon the ground But holds some joy of silence or of sound, Some spirits begotten of a summer dream.
    — Samuel Laman Blanchard
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