Lytton Strachey Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Lytton Strachey Quotes and Sayings

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    But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become still more obvious when we consider that besides being a great poet he is also a great psychologist. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    Discretion is not the better part of biography. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire seems to have been trying - half unconsciously, perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    Englishmen have always loved Moliere. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved, indeed, many triumphs; but their great, their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest writers who have lived upon this earth. And his genius was not simply artistic; it displayed itself no less in his character and in the quality of his thought. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is, his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages. He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    The amateur is very rare in French literature - as rare as he is common in our own. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war - faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere of the later Middle Ages. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    Though, with the ascendancy of Louis, the political power of the nobles finally came to an end, France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life, completely aristocratic. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    Unlike the majority of the writers of his age, La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives a peculiar tone to his work. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity; it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF
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    With a very few exceptions, every word in the French vocabulary comes straight from the Latin. Lytton Strachey | Refcard PDF






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