William Thackeray Quotes

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Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish. ~William M. Thackeray - Selfishness
It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England. ~William M. Thackeray - Middle Class
To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained -- who can say this is not greatness? ~William M. Thackeray - Perseverance
We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world. It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth -- all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark. ~William M. Thackeray - Trains
It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. ~William M. Thackeray - Infatuation
If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and recollect that we, too, were very likely indolent and voluptuous, had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle? ~William M. Thackeray - Aristocracy
Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you. ~William M. Thackeray - Despair
Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbor is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat. ~William M. Thackeray - Scandal
Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed. ~William M. Thackeray - Risk
What money is better bestowed than that of a schoolboy's tip? How the kindness is recalled by the recipient in after days! It blesses him that gives and him that takes. ~William M. Thackeray - Boys
When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise. ~William M. Thackeray - Enjoyment
I would rather make my name than inherit it. ~William M. Thackeray - Inheritance
Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you. ~William M. Thackeray - Success
Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out. ~William M. Thackeray - Childhood
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. ~William M. Thackeray - Attitude
The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. ~William M. Thackeray - Writers and Writing
People hate as they love, unreasonably. ~William M. Thackeray - Hatred
It's not dying for faith that's so hard, it's living up to it. ~William M. Thackeray - Faith
Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do. ~William M. Thackeray - Persuasion
Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! -- what worthy man does not keep those in mind? ~William M. Thackeray - Injury
Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it. ~William M. Thackeray - Motivation
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel. ~William M. Thackeray - Men and Women
There is no good in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else. The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors. ~William M. Thackeray - Inequality
People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited. ~William M. Thackeray - Conceit
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business. ~William M. Thackeray - Character
Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies. ~William M. Thackeray - Death and Dying
A good laugh is sunshine in the house. ~William M. Thackeray - Laughter
'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard... 'Tis the living up to it that's difficult. ~William M. Thackeray - Faith
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. ~William M. Thackeray - Humor
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader! ~William M. Thackeray - Books and Reading
I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses. ~William M. Thackeray - Senses
Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs. ~William M. Thackeray - Friends and Friendship

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