Mortimer Collins (29 June 1827 – 28 July 1876) was an English writer and novelist. He went to London, where he devoted himself to journalism in the Conservative Party interest, writing largely for periodicals. He also wrote a good deal of occasional and humorous verse, and several novels.
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- Just take a trifling handful, O philosopher!
Of magic matter: give it a slight toss over
The ambient ether—and I don’t see why
You should n’t make a sky.
- Sky-Making. (To Professor Tyndall), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
- Life and the Universe show spontaneity;
Down with ridiculous notions of Deity!
Churches and creeds are lost in the mists;
Truth must be sought with the Positivists.
- The Positivists, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- A man is as old as he's feeling, a woman is as old as she looks.
- The Unknown Quantity, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).