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Edward Lear Quotes


Edward LearEdward Lear came from a humble background that lacked good schooling but encouraged his abilities to draw and to express himself with words. His imagination knew no bounds and his talent for making nonsense sound interesting in poems is his literary legacy to the world. He was a well travelled man that gave me a lot of food for thought when selecting my compilation of seven of the best Edward Lear quotes, I hope you enjoy them.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Edward Lear
  • Born: 12th May 1812, Holloway, Middlesex, England
  • Died: 29th January 1888, San Remo, Italy
  • Occupation: Artist, author, illustrator and poet
  • Famous for: The Owl and The Pussycat and popularizing limericks
  • Shock event: His book of nonsense
  • Genre: Childrens literature

"I have been trying to draw the Alps, but they, like Sarah in Abraham's tent, have hidden themselves"

Edward Lear

"I certainly do hate the act of painting: and although day after day I go steadily on, it is like grinding my nose off"

Edward Lear

"I seem to be on the threshold of knowledge"

Edward Lear

"I am almost thanking God that I was never educated"

Edward Lear

"The people being angry that some reactionists appeared on Cavour's death being known with Austrian orders"

Edward Lear

"The mob tore the orders off, and Corsini had to run for it into the Duomo till the N. Guard came"

Edward Lear

"The balls, and small monotonous whist or tea-parties are wholly out of my line in this very very very small tittletattle place" (about Corfu)

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