It is notorious that the memory strengthens as you lay burdens upon it, and becomes trustworthy as you trust it.
Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, 1821, pt. I.
So, then, Oxford Street, stonyhearted stepmother, thou that listenest to the sighs of orphans, and drinkest the tears of children, at length I was dismissed from thee.Thomas De Quincey
Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium!Thomas De Quincey
Allow me to offer my congratulations on the truly admirable skill you have shown in keeping clear of the mark. Not to have hit once in so many trials, argues the most splendid talents for missing.Thomas De Quincey
Dyspepsy is the ruin of most things: empires, expeditions, and everything else.Thomas De Quincey
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.Thomas De Quincey
The burden of the incommunicable.Thomas De Quincey
Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.Thomas De Quincey
Flowers ... that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their colouring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children honoured as the jewellery of God only by them when suddenly the voice of Christianity, counter-signing the voice of infancy, raised them to a grandeur transcending the Hebrew throne, although founded by God himself, and pronounced Solomon in all his glory not to be arrayed like one of these.Thomas De Quincey
It was a Sunday afternoon, wet and cheerless; and a duller spectacle this earth of ours has not to show than a rainy Sunday in London.Thomas De Quincey
Everlasting farewells! and again, and yet again reverberated everlasting farewells!Thomas De Quincey
A promise is binding in the inverse ratio of the numbers to whom it is made.Thomas De Quincey
It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety.Thomas De Quincey