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Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton was an English novelist, playwright, and politician.
(1803 - 1873)

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"All the passions," says an old writer, "are such near neighbors, that if one of them is on fire the others should send for the buckets." Thus love and hate being both passions, the one is never safe from the spark that sets the other ablaze.

"But" is a word that cools many a warm impulse, stifles many a kindly thought, puts a dead stop to many a brotherly deed. - No one would ever love his neighbor as himself if he listened to all the "buts" that could be said.

"If you are in doubt," says Talleyrand, "whether to write a letter or not - don't!" - And the advice applies to many doubts in life besides that of letter writing.

"Know thyself," said the old philosophy. - "Improve thyself," saith the new. - Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

"Wonder," says Aristotle, "is the first cause of philosophy." This is quite as true in the progress of the individual as in that of the concrete mind; and the constant aim of philosophy is to destroy its parent.

A ballroom is nothing more or less than a great market place of beauty.-For my part, were I a buyer, I should like making my purchases in a less public mart.

A chord, stronger or weaker, is snapped asunder in every parting, and time's busy fingers are not practised in re-splicing broken ties. Meet again you may; will it be in the same way? with the same sympathies? with the same sentiments? Will the souls, hurrying on in diverse paths, unite once more, as if the interval had been a dream? Rarely, rarely!

A couplet of verse, a period of prose, may cling to the rock of ages as a shell that survives a deluge.

A fine invention is nothing more than a fine deviation from, or enlargement on a fine model. - Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality.

A fool flatters himself; the wise man flatters the fool.

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.

A gentleman's taste in dress is, upon principle, the avoidance of all things extravagant. - It consists in the quiet simplicity of exquisite neatness; but as the neatness must be a neatness in fashion, employ the best tailor; pay him ready money; and on the whole you will find him the cheapest.

A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman.

A good face is a letter of recommendation, as a good heart is a letter of credit.

A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.

A good man does good merely by living.

A good novel should be, and generally is, a magnifying or diminishing glass of life. It may lessen or enlarge what it reflects, but the general features of society are faithfully reproduced by it. If a man reads such works with intelligent interest, he may learn almost as much of the world from his library as from the clubs and drawing-rooms of St. James.

A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.

A man who cannot win fame in his own age, will have a very small chance of winning it from posterity. - There may be some half dozen exceptions to this truth among myriads that attest it; but what man of common sense would invest any large amount of hope in so unpromising a lottery?

A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour.

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