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The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
—  Walter Savage Landor
People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
—  Walter Savage Landor
Many love music but for music's sake, Many because her touches can awake Thoughts that repose within the breast half-dead, And rise to follow where she loves to lead. What various feelings come from days gone by! What tears from far-off sources dim the eye! Few, when light fingers with sweet voices play, And melodies swell, pause, and melt away, Mind how at every touch, at every tone, A spark of life hath glistened and hath gone.
—  Walter Savage Landor
Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
—  Walter Savage Landor
Clear writers, like fountains, do not seem so deep as they are; the turbid look the most profound.
—  Walter Savage Landor
I sometimes think that the most plaintive ditty has brought a fuller joy and of longer duration to its composer that the conquest of Persia to the Macedonian.
—  Walter Savage Landor

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