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Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes


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A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
[Revolution]
 

A woman too often reasons from her heart; hence two-thirds of her mistakes and her troubles.
 

All the knowledge that we mortals can acquire is not knowledge positive, but knowledge comparative, and subject to the errors and passions of humanity.
[Knowledge]
 

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
[Anger]
 

Art and science have their meeting point in method.
[Science]
 

Art does not imitate nature, but founds itself on the study of nature-takes from nature the selections which best accord with its own intention, and then bestows on them that which nature does not possess, viz.: the mind and soul of man.
[Art]
 

Art employs method for the symmetrical formation of beauty, as science employs it for the logical exposition of truth; but the mechanical process is, in the last, ever kept visibly distinct, while in the first it escapes from sight amid the shows of color and the shapes of grace.
[Art]
 

As a general rule, people who flagrantly pretend to anything are the reverse of that which they pretend to. A man who sets up for a saint is sure to be a sinner, and a man who boasts that he is a sinner is sure to have some feeble, maudlin, snivelling bit of saintship about him which is enough to make him a humbug.
[Pretension]
 

As has been finely expressed, "Principle is a passion for truth," And as an earlier and homelier writer hath it, "The truths we believe in are the pillars of our world."
[Truth]
 

As pauperism, in distinction from poverty, is dependence on other people for existence, and not on our own exertions, so there is a moral pauperism in the man who is dependent on others for that support of the moral life - self respect.
[Poverty]
 

At court one becomes a sort of humarant-eater, and learns to catch one's prey by one's tongue.
[Policy]
 

Beside one deed of guilt, how blest is guileless woe!
[Guilt]
 

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought.
[Books]
 

Childhood and genius have the same master-organ in common - inquisitiveness. - Let childhood have its way, and as it began where genius begins, it may find what genius finds.
[Children]
 

Common sense is only a modification or talent. - Genius is an exaltation of it. - The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
[Common Sense]
 

Curses are like young chickens, and still come home to roost.
 

Dandies, when first-rate, are generally very agreeable men.
 

Debt is to a man what the serpent is to the bird; its eye fascinates, its breath poisons, its coil crushes sinew and bone, its jaw is the pitiless grave.
[Debt]
 

Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. - The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. - On earth conscience guides; in heaven God watches. - And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other.
[Destiny]
 

Dissimulation is often humble, often polished, grave, smooth, decorous; but it is rarely gay and jovial, a hearty laugher, or a merry, cordial, boon companion.
 


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