Walter Savage Landor

Writer, Author

1775 – 1864


Who was Walter Savage Landor?

Walter Savage Landor was an English writer and poet. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the critical acclaim he received from contemporary poets and reviewers was not matched by public popularity. As remarkable as his work was, it was equalled by his rumbustious character and lively temperament.

Famous Quotes:

  • Consult duty not events.
  • The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
  • We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.
  • Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.
  • Wrong is but falsehood put in practice.
  • O what a thing is age! Death without death's quiet.
  • No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable.
  • Great men always pay deference to greater.
  • Absence and death are the same -- only that in death there is no suffering.
  • A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.


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Jan 30, 1775
  • England
  • Trinity College, Oxford
  • Rugby School
Sep 17, 1864
Resting place
English Cemetery, Florence

on July 23, 2013