Frases de Horace Walpole
Data de nascimento: 24. Setembro 1717
Data de falecimento: 2. Março 1797
Horace Walpole foi um aristocrata e romancista inglês. Inaugurou um novo gênero literário, o romance gótico, com a publicação da obra O Castelo de Otranto .
Walpole, conde de Orford, filho caçula do primeiro ministro britânico Robert Walpole, formou-se no King´s College, de Cambridge, onde estudou matemática, música e anatomia. Em 1741, ingressou no Parlamento inglês, onde permaneceu como deputado após o falecimento de seu pai, em 1745.
Leal ao rei Rei George II e à rainha Carolina, Walpole toma o partido deles, contra o filho Frederick, príncipe de Galles, a quem ele se refere com amargura em suas memórias. A residência de Walpole, Strawberry Hill, perto de Twickenham, é um conjunto fantasioso de estilo neogótico, que cria uma nova tendência arquitetônica.
Em 1757, Walpole passa a imprimir suas obras em Strawberry Hill. As publicações são inúmeras, mas são as suas memórias, registradas nas correspondências com seus amigos, que acabaram por tornar-se para os historiadores, uma fonte detalhada de informações sobre o cenário político e social daquele período.
Em uma destas cartas, escrita em 28 de janeiro de 1754, Walpole cria o termo serendipty, fazendo referência à história persa Os Três Príncipes de Serendip e à capacidade dos protagonistas de realizar descobertas acidentalmente.
Citações Horace Walpole
L'ennui est le malheur des gens heureux
Horace Walpole citado em Dictionnaire universel de la langue française, avec le latin et les étymologies,...: manuel encyclopédique - Página 272 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=4ZDQjn0Zt74C&pg=PA272, Pierre-Claude-Victor Boiste, Nodier - Didot, 1836
world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel
The letters of Horace Walpole: earl of Orford - Vol. VI, Página 366 http://books.google.com.br/books?id=LYU1AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA366, de Horace Walpole, Peter Cunningham - Publicado por H.G. Bohn, 1861
Variante: Este mundo é uma comédia para quem pensa e uma tragédia para quem sente.
„The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.“
As quoted in The Christian Leader, Vol. 37, Issue 7 (17 February 1934)
Letter to Richard West, from Rome, 16 April 1740 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo1.ark:/13960/t5p84vt55;view=1up;seq=194, p. 42, The Letters of Horace Walpole, ed. P. Cunningham, vol. 1
Contexto: ... When I first came abroad, every thing struck me, and I wrote its history; but now I am grown so used to be surprised, that I don't perceive any flutter in myself when I meet with any novelties; curiosity and astonishment wear off, and the next thing is, to fancy that other people know as much of places as one's self; or, at least, one does not remember that they do not. It appears to me as odd to write to you of St. Peter's, as it would do to you to write of Westminster-abbey. Besides, as one looks at churches, &c. with a book of travels in one's hand, and sees every thing particularised there, it would appear transcribing, to write upon the same subjects.
Letter to Anne, Countess of Ossory, (16 August 1776)
A favourite saying of Walpole's, it is repeated in other of his letters, and might be derived from a similar statement attributed to Jean de La Bruyère, though unsourced: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think". An earlier form occurs in another published letter:
I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel — a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.
Letter to Sir Horace Mann (31 December 1769)
Variante: The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
„He was persuaded he could know no happiness but in the society of one with whom he could for ever indulge the melancholy that had taken possession of his soul.“
— Horace Walpole, livro The Castle of Otranto
Fonte: The Castle of Otranto
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„Allen of Bath procured them the same honours from thence; and for some weeks it rained gold boxes: Chester, Worcester, Norwich, Bedford, Salisbury, Yarmouth, Tewkesbury, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Stirling, and other populous and chief towns following the example. Exeter, with singular affection, sent boxes of heart of oak.“
"The sending of boxes to William Pitt in 1757" in Memoirs of the Reign of King George II (London, 1846–47), Vol. II, p. 202
„… It always amazes me, when I reflect on the women, who are the first to propagate scandal of one another. If they would but agree not to censure what they all agree to do, there would be no more loss of characters among them than amongst men. A woman cannot have an affair, but instantly all her sex travel about to publish it and leave her off: now, if a man cheats another of his estate at play, forges a will, or marries his ward to his own son, nobody thinks of leaving him off for such trifles!“
Letter to Sir Horace Mann, 25 Sept. 1742 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo1.ark:/13960/t5p84vt55;view=1up;seq=362, pp. 202–203, The Letters of Horace Walpole, ed. P. Cunningham, vol. 1
„Manfred was not one of those savage tyrants who wanton in cruelty unprovoked. The circumstances of his fortune had given an asperity to his temper, which was naturally humane; and his virtues were always ready to operate, when his passions did not obscure his reason.“
— Horace Walpole, livro The Castle of Otranto
The Castle of Otranto (1764)
„To act with common sense, according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy, to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is, and despise affectation.“
Letter to Sir Horace Mann (27 May 1776)
„If a passion for freedom is not in vogue, patriots may sound the alarm till they are weary.
The Act of Habeas Corpus, by which prisoners may insist on being brought to trial within a limited time, is the corner-stone of our liberty.“
Notes of 1758, published in Memoires of the Last Ten Years of the Reign of George the Second (1822), p. 226; also published as "Memoirs of the Year 1758" in Memoirs of King George II, Vol. III (1985), p. 10
„My aversion to them…springs from the perniciousness of that sect to society—I hate Papists, as a man, not as a Protestant. If Papists were only enemies to the religion of other men, I should overlook their errors. As they are foes to liberty, I cannot forgive them.“
Memoirs from the Declaration of the War with Spain (1746)
„… Why, I'll swear I see no difference between a country gentleman and a sirloin; whenever the first laughs, or the latter is cut, there run out just the same streams of gravy! … Oh! my dear Sir, don't you find that nine parts in ten of the world are of no use but to make you wish yourself with that tenth part? …“
Letter to John Chute, from Houghton, 20 Aug. 1743 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo1.ark:/13960/t5p84vt55;view=1up;seq=425, p. 265, The Letter of Horace Walpole, ed. P. Cunnighham, vol. 1
„Prognostics do not always prove prophecies, — at least the wisest prophets make sure of the event first.“
Letter to Thomas Walpole (19 February 1785)