Agnes Repplier

Agnes Repplier was one of the many American authors I read during an amazing high school literature course and I have been trying to read more by those authors since I did not have the time then.

Agnes was born April 1, 1855  and died on November 15, 1950. She was a native of Philadelphia and is mainly known for her essays, all sparkling with wit and sense and love of life. She is a delight to read and sadly mainly unknown by many today.

Her Essay Collections

  • Books and Men (1888)
  • Points of View (1891)
  • Essays in Miniature (1892)
  • Essays in Idleness (1893)
  • In the Dozy Hours (1894)
  • Varia (1897)
  • Philadelphia: The Place and the People (1898)
  • The Fireside Sphinx (1901)
  • Compromises (1904)
  • In Our Convent Days (1905)
  • A Happy Half Century (1908)
  • Americans and Others (1912)
  • The Cat (1912)
  • Counter Currents (1915)
  • Points of Friction (1920)
  • Under Dispute (1924)
  • To Think of Tea! (1931)
  • Times and Tendencies (1931)
  • In Pursuit of Laughter (1936)
  • Eight Decades (1937)



Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times because they had nobody to talk about.

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.

It has been wisely said that we cannot really love anybody at whom we never laugh.

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it.

There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.


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