We shall not busy ourselves with what men ought to have admired, what they ought to have written, what they ought to have thought, but with what they did think, write, admire
Quote by George Saintsbury
Miss Austen had shown the infinite possibilities of ordinary and present things for the novelist.
But the eighteenth century, on the whole, loathed melancholy.
The Odyssey is, indeed, one of the greatest of all stories, it is the original...
The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer's time:...
The transition state of manners and language cannot be too often insisted upon: for this...
But at the time when he wrote, Englishmen, with the rarest exceptions, wrote only in...
To pass to the deluge, and beyond it, and to come to close quarters with...
Between Scott on the earlier side and Dickens and Thackeray on the other, there was...
It is the unbroken testimony of all history that alcoholic liquors have been used by...
But even gold is not everything: and only a fanatic, and a rather foolish fanatic,...
One of the best known, and one of the least intelligible, facts of literary history...