Quotations by Thomas de Quincey
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Born: Monday, August 15, 1785
Died: Thursday, December 8, 1859 (74 years old)
Call for the grandest of all earthly spectacles, what is that? It is the sun going to his rest.
(Keywords: Rest, Sun)
Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.
(Keywords: Love, Cows, Deep, Quiet, Tenderness)
Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.
(Keywords: Imperfection, May, State)
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
(Keywords: Drinking, Man, Murder, Procrastination, Sabbath)
In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
(Keywords: Life, Wife, Conscience)
It was a Sunday afternoon, wet and cheerless; and a duller spectacle this earth of ours has not to show than a rainy Sunday in London.
(Keywords: Earth, London)
Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion.
(Keywords: Deals, Grave, Will)
Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
(Keywords: Men, Light, Man, May, Solitude, World)
Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.
(Keywords: Favorite, Tea, Will)
The public is a bad guesser.