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William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible.

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.

An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.

Bravery never goes out of fashion.

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.

Dinner was made for eating, not for talking.

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.

Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.

Follow your honest convictions and be strong.

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.

I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.

I would rather make my name than inherit it.

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!

It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.

It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob.

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.

It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.

Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! what worthy man does not keep those in mind?

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.

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.