The Book of History is the Bible of Irony.
George Saintsbury: The Memorial Volume (London: Methuen, 1946) p. 120.
In the sect – fairly large and yet unusually choice – of Austenians or Janites, there would probably be found partisans of the claim to primacy of almost every one of the novels.George Saintsbury
[It] is the unbroken testimony of all history that alcoholic liquors have been used by the strongest, wisest, handsomest, and in every way best races of all times.George Saintsbury
But dinner is dinner, a meal at which not so much to eat — it becomes difficult to eat much at it as you grow older — as to drink, to talk, to flirt, to discuss, to rejoice "at the closing of the day". I do not think anything serious should be done after it, as nothing should before breakfast.George Saintsbury
Let us also once more rejoice in, and thank God for, the fact that we know nothing about Homer, and practically nothing about Shakespeare.George Saintsbury
Oratory is, after all, the prose literature of the savage.George Saintsbury
So, then, there abide these three, Aristotle, Longinus, and Coleridge.George Saintsbury
Majorities are generally wrong, if only in their reasons for being right.George Saintsbury