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Quotes of the Day for 24 April 2004 – Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope was born at London on this day in 1815. He had an unhappy childhood as his father failed first as a lawyer, then as a farmer, and then died leaving Trollope's mother Frances to take up a career as an author. Anthony took a job with the postal service in 1834 but made little professional progress until he was assigned to a surveying job in Ireland in 1841. It was only after he married in 1844 that he began to write, at which point he began what may have been the most disciplined career in writing ever. He generally wrote from 5:30 to 11 am every day, but wrote at least three hours a day even when on international journeys on postal business. He was one of the most acute, certainly the most prolific, observer of certain classes in Victorian England.

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The quotes:

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.

There are some achievements which are never done in the presence of those who hear of them. Catching salmon is one, and working all night is another.

Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.

It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.

An author must be nothing if he do not love truth; a barrister must be nothing if he do.

When men think much, they can rarely decide.
     - All from Anthony Trollope, 1815 - 1882


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