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Matthew Gregory Lewis Quotes

You too shall know, what it is to love without hope!
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An author, whether good or bad, or between both, is an animal whom every body is privileged to attack: for though all are not able to write books, all conceive themselves able to judge them.

— Matthew Gregory Lewis

But who for a moment can deceive the eyes of love?

— Matthew Gregory Lewis

A bad composition carries its own punishment-contempt and ridicule; a good one excites envy and entails upon its author a thousand mortifications; he finds himself assailed by partial and ill-humored criticism; one man finds fault with the plan, another with the style, a third with the precept which strives to inculcate; and they who cannot succeed in finding fault with the book, employ themselves in stigmatizing its author: they maliciously rake out from obscurity every little circumstance which may throw ridicule upon his private character or conduct and aim at wounding the man since they cannot hurt the writer.

— Matthew Gregory Lewis

Now shame on the coward soul, which wants the courage either to be a firm friend, or an open enemy.

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Authorship is a mania to conquer which no reasons are sufficiently strong.

— Matthew Gregory Lewis

He had long observed with disapprobation and contempt the superstition which governed Madrid's inhabitants. His good sense had pointed out to him the artifices of the monks, and the gross absurdity of their miracles, wonders, and suppositious relics. He blushed to see his countrymen, the dupes of deceptions, so ridiculous, and only wished for an opportunity to free them from their monkish fetters. That opportunity, so long desired in vain, was at length presented to him. He resolved not to let it slip, but to set before the people, in glaring colours, how enormous were the abuses but too frequently practised in monasteries, and how unjustly public esteem was bestowed indiscriminately upon all who wore a religious habit. He longed for the moment destined to unmask the hypocrites, and convince his countrymen, that a sanctified exterior does not always hide a virtuous heart.

— Matthew Gregory Lewis

Poor Matilda! She sleeps in the Grave, and her broken heart throbs no more with passion.

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I will go, said Lorenzo. And Lorenzo stayed, where he was.

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She was about forty: In her youth She had been a Beauty; But her charms had been upon that large scale which can but ill sustain the shock of years: However She still possessed some remains of them.

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By sad experience I know what sorrows She must endure, who marries into a family unwilling to receive her.

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Guilt, did I say? In what consists ours, unless in the opinion of an ill-judging world?

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