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Robert Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

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In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.

It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.

Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.

O be very sure That no man will learn anything at all, Unless he first will learn humility.

One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.

Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.

Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

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

The easiest person to deceive is one's self.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.

There is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes.

There is nothing certain in a man's life but that he must lose it.

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.

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