Andrew Lang

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
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Andrew Lang (March 31 1844, Selkirk - July 20 1912, Banchory, Kincardineshire) was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as the collector of folk and fairy tales.


  • There’s a joy without canker or cark,
    There’s a pleasure eternally new,
    ’T is to gloat on the glaze and the mark
    Of china that’s ancient and blue.
    • Ballades in Blue China (1880), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Here’s a pot with a cot in a park
    In a park where the peach-blossoms blew,
    Where the lovers eloped in the dark,
    Lived, died and were changed into two
    Bright birds that eternally flew
    Through the boughs of the may, as they sang;
    ’T is a tale was undoubtedly true
    In the reign of the Emperor Hwang.
    • Ballades in Blue China (1880), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The windy lights of Autumn flare;
    I watch the moonlit sails go by;
    I marvel how men toil and fare,
    The weary business that they play!
    Their voyaging is vanity,
    And fairy gold is all their gain,
    And all the winds of winter cry,
    “My Love returns no more again.”
    • Ballade of Autumn, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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