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Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes


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That one vast thought of God which we call the world.
[World]
 

The accents of love are all that is left of the language of paradise.
[Love]
 

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
[Teaching]
 

The brave man wants no charms to encourage him to duty, and the good man scorns all warnings that would deter him from doing it.
[Duty]
 

The commerce of intellect loves distant shores. The small retail dealer trades only with his neighbor; when the great merchant trades he links the four quarters of the globe.
[Intellect]
 

The Creator has gifted the whole universe with language, but few are the hearts that can interpret it. Happy those to whom it is no foreign tongue, acquired imperfectly with care and pain, but rather a native language, learned unconsciously from the lips of the great mother.
[Language]
 

The easiest person to deceive is one's own self.
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The emulation of a man of genius is seldom with his contemporaries. The competitors with whom his secret ambition seeks to vie are the dead.
 

The frenzy of nations is the statesmanship of fate.
[Statesmanship]
 

The golden age never leaves the world; it exists still, and shall exist, till love, health, and poetry, are no more - but only for the young.
[Youth]
 

The great secrets of being courted, are, to shun others and to seem delighted with yourself.
[Popularity]
 

The higher the character or rank, the less the pretence, because there is less to pretend to.
[Pretension]
 

The love of man, in his mature years, is not so much a new emotion, as a revival and concentration of all his departed affections toward others.
[Love]
 

The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.
[Magic]
 

The main reason why silence is so efficacious an element of repute is, first, because of that magnification which proverbially belongs to the unknown; and, secondly, because silence provokes no man's envy, and wounds no man's self-love.
[Silence]
 

The man who has acquired the habit of study, though for only one hour every day in the year, and keeps to the one thing studied till it is mastered, will be startled to see the progress he has made at the end of a twelvemonth.
[Study]
 

The man who seeks one, and but one, thing in life may hope to achieve it; but he who seeks all things, wherever he goes, only reaps, from the hopes which he sows, a harvest of barren regrets.
[Aims]
 

The man who smokes, thinks like a sage and acts like a Samaritan.
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The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who, early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
[Success]
 

The mind profits by the wreck of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.
[Sorrow]
 


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