Samuel Pepys

Literary Birthday – 23 February – Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys was born 23 February 1633, and died  26 May 1703.

Seven Quotes

  1. Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
  2. Music [is] a science peculiarly productive of a pleasure that no state of life, public or private, secular or sacred; no difference of age or season; no temper of mind or condition of health exempt from present anguish; nor, lastly, distinction of quality, renders either improper, untimely, or unentertaining.
  3. I did not like that Clergy should meddle with matters of state.
  4. Now public business takes up so much of my time that I must get time a Sundays or a nights to look after my own matters.
  5. Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.
  6. He that will not stoop for a pin will never be worth a pound.
  7. After that to a bookseller’s and bought for the love of the binding three books.

Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament. He is now famous for the Diary he kept for a decade as a young man.

Source for Image: By John Hayls – Walthamstow Weekender (file), Public Domain,

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 23rd February 2015