Anthony Hope

Literary Birthday – 9 February – Anthony Hope

Anthony Hope was born 9 February 1863, and died 8 July 1933.

Seven Quotes 

  1. For my part, if a man must needs be a knave I would have him a debonair knave… It makes your sin no worse as I conceive, to do it à la mode and stylishly.
  2. Good families are generally worse than any others.
  3. Telling the truth to people who misunderstand you is generally promoting a falsehood, isn’t it?
  4. Economy is going without something you do want in case you should, some day, want something you probably won’t want.
  5. I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
  6. You oughtn’t to yield to temptation. Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.
  7. Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.

Anthony Hope was an English novelist and playwright. He was a prolific writer, especially of adventure novels but he is remembered best for The Prisoner of Zenda.

Source for image: Alfred Ellis & Walery, British (active mid- to late-19th century), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anthony_Hope_Hawkins_by_Alfred_Ellis_%26_Walery.jpg

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 9th February 2015
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