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Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes


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We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.
[Cooking]
 

We must remember how apt man is to extremes - rushing from credulity and weakness, to suspicion and distrust.
 

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. - It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
[Age]
 

What a lovely bridge between old age and childhood is religion! How instinctively the world begins with prayer and worship on entering life, and how instinctively, on quitting life, the old man turns back to prayer and worship, putting himself again side by side with the little child.
[Religion]
 

What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in maturer life.
[Passion]
 

What a rare gift is that of manners! How difficult to define; how much more difficult to impart! - Better for a man to possess them, than to have wealth, beauty, or talent; they will more than supply all.
[Manners]
 

What is human is immortal!
[Immortality]
 

What is past is past. - There is a future left to all men who have the virtue to repent, and the energy to atone.
[Repentance]
 

What is the essence and the life of character? Principle, integrity, independence, or, as one of our great old writers has it, "That inbred loyalty unto virtue which can serve her without a livery."
[Principles]
 

What men want is not talent, it is purpose; in other words, not the power to achieve, but will to labor. I believe that labor judiciously and continuously applied becomes genius.
[Labor]
 

What right have we to pry into the secrets of others? - True or false, the tale that is gabbled to us, what concern is it of ours?
 

What we call eternity may be but an endless series of the transitions which men call deaths, abandonments of home, going ever to fairer scenes and loftier heights. - Age after age, the spirit - that glorious nomad - may shift its tent, carrying with it evermore its elements, activity and desire.
 

Whatever our intellectual calling, no kind of knowledge is antagonistic to it. - All varieties of knowledge blend with, harmonize, and enrich the one kind of knowledge to which we attach our reputation.
[Knowledge]
 

Whatever the number of a man's friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few; but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many.
[Enemies]
 

Whatever you lend let it be your money, and not your name. Money you may get again, and, if not, you may contrive to do without it; name once lost you cannot get again, and, if you cannot contrive to do without it, you had better never have been born.
[Lending]
 

When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
[Helping Other People]
 

When one is in a good sound rage, it is astonishing how calm one can be.
[Anger]
 

When the world has once got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to get it out of the world. You beat it about the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and lo! the next day it is as healthy as ever.
[Lying]
 

Whenever man commits a crime heaven finds a witness.
[Crime]
 

While the world lasts, the sun will gild the mountain-tops before it shines upon the plain.
[Intellect]
 


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