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George Borrow

Translation is at best an echo.

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Two great talkers will not travel far together.

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A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.

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Youth will be served, every dog has his day, and mine has been a fine one.

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Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventive of crime.

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There are no countries in the world less known by the British than those selfsame British Islands.

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I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.

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It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness.

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Runic Verses

O the force of Runic verses,
O the mighty strength of song
Cannot baffle all the curses
Which to mortal state belong.

Slaughter’d chiefs, that buried under
Heaps of marble, long have lain,
Song can rend your tomb asunder,
Give ye life and strength again.

When around his dying capture,
Fierce, the serpent draws his fold,
Song can make him, wild with rapture,
Straight uncoil, and bite the mould.

When from keep and battled tower,
Flames to heaven upward strain,
Song has o’er them greater power,
Than the vapours dropping rain.

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