Tobias Smollett Quotes



Best 27 Quotes by Tobias Smollett

“Every shot has its commission, d'ye see? We must all die at one time, as the saying is.”

“Glory is the child of peril.”

“Griefs are like usurpers — the most powerful deposes all the rest.”

“Nature and wisdom are not, but should be, companions.”

“Opposition is the very spur of love.”

“There is not room to swing a cat.”

“To the valiant actions speak alone.”

“True courage scorns to vent her prowess in a storm of words; and to the valiant action speaks alone.”

“Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.”

“Writing is all a lottery – I have been a loser by the works of the greatest men of the age.”

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle Quotes

“A mere index hunter, who held the eel of science by the tail.”

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

“Number three is always fortunate.”

The adventures of Peregrine Pickle

The Adventures of Roderick Random Quotes

“Some men are wise and some are otherwise.”

The Adventures of Roderick Random

The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves Quotes

“I think for my part one half of the nation is mad – and the other not very sound.”

The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker Quotes

“A novel is a large diffused picture, comprehending the characters of life, disposed in different groups, and exhibited in various attitudes, for the purposes of an uniform plan, and general occurrence, to which every individual figure is subservient.

But this plan cannot be executed with propriety, probability, or success, without a principal personage to attract the attention, unite the incidents, unwind the clue of the labyrinth, and at last close the scene, by virtue of his own importance.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“At every place where we halted, did she mount the stage, and flourished her rusty arms, without being able to make one conquest.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

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“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.”


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“In short, stupidity is sometimes more irritating than rascality, and also more harmful.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“One wit, like a knuckle of ham in soup, gives a zest and flavour to the dish, but more than one serves only to spoil the pottage.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“Ridiculous modes, invented by ignorance, and adopted by folly.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“The bread I eat in London, is a deleterious paste, mixed up with chalk, alum, and bone ashes: insipid to the taste, and destructive to the constitution.”

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“The capital is become an overgrown monster; which like a dropsical head, will in time leave the body and extremities without nourishment and support.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“The theatrical hero was too far gone in romance to brook such usage: he replied in blank verse, and a formal challenge ensued.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“What passes for wine among us, is not the juice of the grape. It is an adulterous mixture, brewed up of nauseous ingredients, by dunces, who are bunglers in the art of poison-making; and yet we, and our forefathers, are and have been poisoned by this cursed drench, without taste or flavour.

The only genuine and wholesome beveridge in England, is London porter, and Dorchester table-beer; but as for your ale and your gin, your cyder and your perry, and all the trashy family of made wines, I detest them as infernal compositions, contrived for the destruction of the human species.”

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“Woe be to that nation, where the multitude is at liberty to follow their own inclinations!”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“You know we are the fools of prejudice.”

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

The History of England Quotes

“A man's opinion of danger varies at different times, in consequence of an irregular tide of animal spirits; and he is actuated by considerations which he dares not avow.”

The History of England

The Poetical Works of Johnson Quotes

“False as the fowler's artful snare.”

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“Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education... We are born weak, we need strength; we are born totally unprovided, we need aid; we are born stupid, we need judgment. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.”


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