portrait of Horace Walpole
Oil on canvas by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1756-1757.

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Quotes of the Day for 24 September 2003 – Horace Walpole

William Holmes McGuffey was born at Finely Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania on this day in 1800. His family soon moved to a frontier community in Ohio, his only education was at home before he started teaching at age 13. He later did get his own education, and was a professor at Miami University in Ohio, where he wrote his famous McGuffey Peerless Pioneer Readers. He was president of Cincinnati College for three years before that institution went bankrupt, then was president at Ohio University for four years, then president of Woodward College at Cincinnati. He didn't like running schools, and may not have been a good administrator; he thrived as a professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia for the last 28 years of his life. He was paid only a flat $1,000 for the first four Readers, which sold over 122 million copies during his life. He apparently didn't care about that, he cared that millions of kids learned to read.

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The quotes:

In all science error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

This world is a comedy for those who think but a tragedy for those who feel.

The sure way of judging whether our first thoughts are judicious, is to sleep on them. If they appear of the same force the next morning as they did over night, and if good nature ratifies what good sense approves, we may be pretty sure we are in the right.

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
     - All from Horace Walpole, 1717 - 1797

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