Horatio "Horace" Walpole, 1717 - 1797

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

Born: 24 September 1717, London, England, UK
Died: 2 March 1797, Berkeley Square, London, England, UK

Generally known as "Horace", he was the fourth and youngest son of the prime minister Robert Walpole. He was an indifferent student at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge and soon entered parliament. He served three different ridings in sequence over 47 years, but showed little other political ambition. He had two passions: writing and his "Strawberry Hill" home at Twickenham, south-west of London. He spent a quarter century adding Gothic decoration to the house, spurring a new trend, and filled it with oddities from around the world. He gave tours of the house for a fee while complaining about the invasion of his privacy. To facilitate his literary efforts he equipped Strawberry Hill with a printing press. Along with several novels, he left behind a chest of memoirs totaling some three million words, mostly still unpublished, and over three thousand letters which Yale has now published in 48 volumes. It was Walpole who coined the word "serendipity", based on the Italian story, The Three Princes of Serendip, which, in turn, was a Persian fairy tale.

Biography from Wikipedia and OnlineLiterature.com

Additional quotes from Wikiquote. Wikiquote entries are "sourced" and may include items longer than those included here, particularly for poets, lyricists, and dramatists.

Horace Walpole quotes:

Quotes found: 61 — (15 per page, this is page 1 of 5) 1 2 3 4 5 Next

Click here to find books by Horace Walpole at Amazon.com

Quotes found : 61 — (15 per page, this is page 1 of 5) 1 2 3 4 5 Next

Please report any problems on this page! If you see any typos, incorrect attributions, deformed characters, or any other problem with this page, we want to fix it as soon as possible. Please click here to report errors.

Feel free to search through 126,864 quotes.
    by text
 by author

Note: Do not use titles in author searches, we don't use them, including president, senator, prime minister, king, queen, saint, or doctor, or abbreviations thereof. See explanation here.