Patrick O'Brian Quotes

Patrick O'Brian Quotes

Sir,’ said Stephen, ‘I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them-I look upon good novels-as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.

He that would make a pun would pick a pocket.

You do not mean there is danger of peace?", cried Jack.

Of course I do know it is the French who are so wicked; but there are all these people who keep coming and going - the Austrians, the Spaniards, the Russians. Pray, are the Russians good now? It would be very shocking - treason no doubt - to put the wrong people in my prayers.

«I matrimoni degli altri sono una perpetua fonte di perplessità», commentò Stephen.

I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.

Compulsion is the death of friendship.

The author says that when an angry impulse is not immediately expressed, it turns to melancholy.

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