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Edwin Percy Whipple (1819 – 1886)

Literary critic and essayist from Massachusetts.
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Edwin Percy Whipple
Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.
Whipple quotes
From the hour of the invention of printing, books, and not kings, were to rule the world. Weapons forged in the mind, keen-edged, and brighter than a sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and battle-axe. Books! lighthouses built on the sea of time! Books! by whose sorcery the whole pageantry of the world's history moves in solemn procession before our eyes. From their pages great souls look down in all their grandeur, undimmed by the faults and follies of earthly existence, consecrated by time.
Honesty is the moral conscience of the great.

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