Literary Birthday – 24 April – Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope was born 24 April 1815, and died 6 December 1882.

10 Anthony Trollope Quotes

  1. An author can hardly hope to be popular unless he can use popular language … But all this must be learned and acquired, not while he is writing … but long before. His language must come from him as music comes from the rapid touch of the great performer’s fingers.
  2. The dialogue is generally the most agreeable part of a novel, but it is only so long as it tends in some way to the telling of the main story.
  3. There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
  4. Book love… is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
  5. There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
  6. Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.
  7. What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?…Was ever anything so civil?
  8. The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
  9. Romance is very pretty in novels, but the romance of a life is always a melancholy matter. They are most happy who have no story to tell.
  10. There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. He wrote 47 novels including The Way We Live Now, and those known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. He also wrote novels that touched on on political, social, and gender issues.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th April 2013