George Meredith Quotes

Thus piteously Love closed what he begat: The union of this ever-diverse pair! These two were rapid falcons in a snare, Condemned to do the flitting of the bat.
George Meredith (1828-1909), British poet. Modern Love. . . The Poems of George Meredith. Vol. 1. Phyllis B. Bartlett (1978) Yale University Press 1.
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Kissing don't last: cookery do!
George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. Mrs. Berry, in The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, ch. 28 (1859).
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Sentimentalists are they who seek to enjoy without incurring the Immense Debtorship for a thing done.
George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. Sir Austin Feverel, quoting the "Pilgrim's Scrip," in "Of the Spring Primrose and the Autumnal," ch. 24, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859). speaking of sentimentalism, Sir Austin continued, "It is a happy pastime and an important science to the timid, the idle, and the heartless; but a damning one to them who have anything to forfeit." James Joyce, for whom Meredith was an early influence, quoted this aphorism in Ulysses ch. 9 (1922).
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A kiss is but a kiss now! and no wave Of a great flood that whirls me to the sea. But, as you will! we'll sit contentedly, And eat our pot of honey on the grave.
George Meredith (1828-1909), British author. Sonnet 29, Modern Love (1862).
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