Quotes from 200 Years Ago

 

It’s my 200th blog post and I figured it would be a great time to look back and see what people were saying about reading and writing 200 years ago. If you’re wondering, it’s mostly the same things we’re saying today. Some things never change like the joy of reading a good book or writing down the perfect paragraph. Below are some of my favorites quotes.

 

Jane Austen:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

 

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.

 

Lord Byron:

If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.

 

The great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.

 

William Makepeace Thackeray:

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.

 

The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.

 

William Wordsworth:

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

 

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley:

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.

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