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Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Data di nascita: 17. Dicembre 1796
Data di morte: 27. Agosto 1865


Thomas Chandler Haliburton è stato uno scrittore canadese.

Dopo aver studiato legge presso l'Università del King's College, nella sua città natale di Windsor, soggiornò per qualche tempo in Inghilterra, dove incontrò Louisa Neville, che fu sua moglie dal 1816 al 1840, anno in cui morì.

Haliburton esercitò inizialmente la professione di avvocato e poi quella di giudice. Dal 1826 al 1829 fu eletto rappresentante della Contea di Annapolis nell'Assemblea della Nuova Scozia. Fu anche un noto uomo d'affari.

Scrisse numerosi libri di argomento storico-politico tra cui Una descrizione generale della Nuova Scozia, pubblicato nel 1823, Un resoconto storico e statistico della Nuova Scozia, pubblicato nel 1829 e Gli inglesi in America pubblicato nel 1851.

Divenne famoso in tutto l'Impero Britannico per un libro di avventure intitolato Il fabbricante di orologi, pubblicato nel 1836 ad Halifax ed incentrato sul personaggio di Sam Slick.

Dopo essersi trasferito in Inghilterra, sposò nel 1856 la vedova Sarah Harriet Owen Williams e nel 1859 fu eletto in Parlamento, nelle file della minoranza conservatrice.

Morì ad Isleworth, nella Contea del Middlesex, in Inghilterra, il 27 agosto 1865.

Nel 1884, venne fondato a suo nome, presso l'Università King's College di Windsor nella quale aveva studiato, l'Haliburton Club, una della società letterarie più antiche del Nord America.

Suo figlio Arthur venne nominato Barone.

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„Always judge your fellow passengers to be the opposite of what they strive to appear to be.“

— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Context: Always judge your fellow passengers to be the opposite of what they strive to appear to be. For instance, a military man is not quarrelsome, for no man doubts his courage; but a snob is. A clergyman is not over strait- laced, for his piety is not questioned; but a cheat is. A lawyer is not apt to be argumentative; but an actor is. A woman that is all smiles and graces is a vixen at heart : snakes fascinate. A stranger that is obsequious and over-civil without apparent cause is treacherous: cats that purr are apt to bite and scratch. Pride is one thing, assumption is another; the latter must always get the cold shoulder, for whoever shews it is no gentleman: men never affect to be what they are, but what they are not. The only man who really is what he appears to be is — a gentleman. Maxims of an Old Stager.

„I want you to see Peel, Stanley, Graham, Sheil, Russell, Macaulay, Old Joe, and soon. They are all upper-crust here.“

— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Sam Slick in England (1835), Ch. XXIV; “Sam Slick” first appeared in a weekly paper of Nova Scotia, 1835. Comparable to: "Those families, you know, are our upper-crust,—not upper ten thousand", Cooper: The Ways of the Hour, chap. vi. (1850); "At present there is no distinction among the upper ten thousand of the city" N. P. Willis, Necessity for a Promenade Drive.

„Everything has altered its dimensions, except the world we live in. The more we know of that, the smaller it seems. Time and distance have been abridged, remote countries have become accessible, and the antipodes are upon visiting terms. There is a reunion of the human race; and the family resemblance now that we begin to think alike, dress alike, and live alike, is very striking. The South Sea Islanders, and the inhabitants of China, import their fashions from Paris, and their fabrics from Manchester, while Rome and London supply missionaries to the ‘ends of the earth,’ to bring its inhabitants into ‘one fold, under one Shepherd.’ Who shall write a book of travels now? Livingstone has exhausted the subject. What field is there left for a future Munchausen? The far West and the far East have shaken hands and pirouetted together, and it is a matter of indifference whether you go to the moors in Scotland to shoot grouse, to South America to ride and alligator, or to Indian jungles to shoot tigers-there are the same facilities for reaching all, and steam will take you to either with the equal ease and rapidity. We have already talked with New York; and as soon as our speaking-trumpet is mended shall converse again. ‘To waft a sigh from Indus to the pole,’ is no longer a poetic phrase, but a plain matter of fact of daily occurrence. Men breakfast at home, and go fifty miles to their counting-houses, and when their work is done, return to dinner. They don’t go from London to the seaside, by way of change, once a year; but they live on the coast, and go to the city daily. The grand tour of our forefathers consisted in visiting the principle cities of Europe. It was a great effort, occupied a vast deal of time, cost a large sum of money, and was oftener attended with danger than advantage. It comprised what was then called, the world: whoever had performed it was said to have ‘seen the world,’ and all that it contained. The Grand Tour now means a voyage round the globe, and he who has not made it has seen nothing.“

— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The Season-Ticket, An Evening at Cork 1860 p. 1-2.

„Punctuality [... ] is the soul of business.“

— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Sam Slick's Wise Saws and Modern Instances, Hurst and Blackett, 1859, [ p. 31].


„Commodore Marlin: My friend, I ask you a plain civil question; will you give me a plain, civil answer?
: Thinks to myself, Commodore, the question is civil enough, but you ain't civil, and your manner ain't civil.“

— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
[ Sam Slick's wise saws and modern instances: or, What he said, did, or invented, Volumen 1] (1853), p. 185, '.

„We reckon hours and minutes to be dollars and cents.“

— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The Clockmaker (1836); comparable to "Remember that time is money" in "Advice to a Young Tradesman" (1748) by Benjamin Franklin

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