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Quotable Powell · 3W ago

#146 Pepys Pastiche

So about noon we came to Dogdene, and I was fain to see the house, and that part newly builded whereof Dr Wren did formerly hold converse with me, telling me here was one of the first mansio...
Quotable Powell · 2M ago

#145 Self Interest

True interest in yourself is comparatively rare, sharply to be differentiated from mere egotism and selfishness; characteristics often immoderately developed in persons not in the least inte...
Quotable Powell · 3M ago

#144 Fiction Style

Compared with Waugh, Powell is not a mythologiser, and there is nothing in his fiction comparable to the recurring image of the doomed gentleman that I have tried to trace in Waugh's novels....
Quotable Powell · 4M ago

#143 Robert Burton

Burton himself says he suffered from melancholy ... At Oxford, when plagued with melancholy, Burton, who seems always to have enjoyed a joke, used to go down to the bridge over the river, an...
Quotable Powell · 6M ago

#142 Snowmen

But if the consolation for life is art, what may the artist expect from life?An incident mentioned quite casually in Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Architects, Painters and Scu...
Quotable Powell · 7M ago

#141 Pedigrees

The pedigree of Lewis of Harpton, on the other hand, is to be found in Dwnn's Visitations of Wales and elsewhere. Dwnn shows this Lewis descent as left-handed in the 15th century, though it ...
Quotable Powell · 8M ago

#140 Warning

Mrs Erdleigh issued her final warning."Court at your peril those spirits that dabble lasciviously with primaeval matter, horrid substances, sperm of the world, producing monsters and fantast...
Quotable Powell · 10M ago

#139 Fate

Gwatkin shook my hand too. He smiled in an odd sort of way, as if he dimly perceived it was no good battling against Fate, which, seen in right perspective, almost always provides a certain ...
Quotable Powell · 11M ago

#138 Government

'A great illusion is that government is carried on by an infallible, incorruptible machine,' Pennistone said. 'Officials — all officials, of all governments — are just as capable of behavin...
Quotable Powell · 1Y ago

#137 Eccentrics

Simple-lifers, utopian socialists, spiritualists, occultists, theosophists, quietists, pacifists, futurists, cubists, zealots of all sorts in their approach to life and art ... were then [19...