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William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes


An English Victorian writer.
(1811 - 1863)

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A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible.
 

A fool can no more see his own folly than he can see his ears.
[Fools]
 

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
[Laughter]
 

A man only begins to know women as he grows old; and for my part, my idea of their cleverness rises every day.
 

A snob is one who is always pretending to be something better - especially richer or more fashionable than others.
 

Ah! Vanitas vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?-Come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
 

All amusements to which virtuous women are not admitted, are, rely upon it, deleterious in their nature.
[Amusements]
 

All men who avoid female society have dull perceptions and are stupid, or else have gross tastes, and revolt against what is pure.
 

An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.
 

And lo! in a flash of crimson splendor, with blazing, scarlet clouds running before his chariot and heralding his majestic approach, God's sun rises upon the world.
 

As the gambler said of his dice, to love and win is the best thing, to love and lose is the next best.
 

Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again, and it will succumb.
[Courage]
 

Benevolent feeling ennobles the most trifling actions.
[Benevolence]
 

Bravery never goes out of fashion.
 

But oh, Mesdames, if you are not allowed to touch the heart sometimes in spite of syntax, and are not to be loved until you all know the difference between trimeter and tetrameter, may all Poetry go to the deuce, and every schoolmaster perish miserably!
 

Charming Alnaschar visions! It is the happy privilege of youth to construct you!
 

Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatever.
[Dependence]
 

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.
 

Dinner was made for eating, not for talking.
 

Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.
 


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