Frederick Marryat quotes

  • But what was most remarkable, Broadway being three miles long, and the booths lining each side of it, in every booth there was a roast pig, large or small, as the centre attraction. Six miles of roast pig! And that in New York City alone; and roast pig in every other city, town, hamlet, and village in the Union. What association can there be between roast pig and independence?
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #New York #4th Of July #Pigs

  • Every man paddles his own canoe.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Men

  • There is no composing draught like the draught through the tube of a pipe.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Smoking #Draught #Pipe

  • I would rather write for the instruction, or even the amusement of the poor than for the amusement of the rich.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Writing #Amusement #Rich

  • White lies are ushers to black ones.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Lying #White #Black

  • There's no getting blood out of a turnip.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Blood #Vegetables #Turnips

  • Gentle reader, I was born upon the water - not upon the salt and angry ocean, but upon the fresh and rapid-flowing river.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Ocean #Rivers #Water

  • All lies, white or black, disgrace a gentleman, although I grant there is a difference: to say the least of it, it is a dangerous habit, for white lies are but the gentleman ushers to black ones.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Lying #White #Differences

  • The English will agree with me that there are plenty of good things for the table in America; but the old proverb says: 'God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.'
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #America #Devil #Meat

  • In the vast archipelago of the east, where Borneo and Java and Sumatra lie, and the Molucca Islands, and the Philippines, the sea is often fanned only by the land and sea breezes, and is like a smooth bed, on which these islands seem to sleep in bliss,--islands in which the spice and perfume gardens of the world are embowered, and where the bird of paradise has its home, and the golden pheasant, and a hundred others of brilliant plumage, whose flight is among thickets so luxuriant, and scenery so picturesque, that European strangers find there the fairy land of their youthful dreams.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Dream #Lying #Home

  • Vanity is a confounded donkey, very apt to put his head between his legs, and chuck us over; but pride is a fine horse, that will carry us over the ground, and enable us to distance our fellow-travelers.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Horse #Distance #Pride

  • If I cannot narrate a life of adventurous and daring exploits, fortunately I have no heavy crimes to confess: and, if I do not rise in the estimation of the reader for acts of gallantry and devotion in my country's cause, at least I may claim the merit of zealous and persevering continuance in my vocation. We are all of us variously gifted from Above, and he who is content to walk, instead of to run, on his allotted path through life, although he may not so rapidly attain the goal, has the advantage of not being out of breath upon his arrival.
    -- Frederick Marryat

    #Running #Country #Book