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EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, 1ST BARON LYTTON
English novelist and politician
(1803 - 1873)
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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.
      - [Parting]

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

A fiction which is designed to inculcate an object wholly alien to the imagination sins against the first law of art; and if a writer of fiction narrow his scope to particulars so positive as polemical controversy in matters ecclesiastical, political or moral, his work may or may not be an able treatise, but it must be a very poor novel.
      - [Novels]

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
      - [Flattery]

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday.
      - [Progress]

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 wi11 find him the cheapest.
      - [Dress]

A man is arrogant in proportion to his ignorance. Man's natural tendency is to egotism. Man, in his infancy of knowledge, thinks that all creation was formed for him.
      - [Ignorance]

A man of genius is inexhaustible only in proportion as he is always renourishing his genius.
      - [Genius]

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

A man's heart must be very frivolous if the possession of fame rewards the labor to attain it. For the worst of reputation is that it is not palpable or present,--we do not feel or see or taste it. People praise us behind our backs, but we hear them not; few before our faces, and who is not suspicious of the truth of such praise?
      - [Fame]

A man's own conscience is his sole tribunal, and he should care no more for that phantom "opinion" than he should fear meeting a ghost if he crossed the churchyard at dark.
      - [Conscience]

A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour.
      - [Mind]

A prudent consideration for Number One.
      - [Self-love]

A sense of contentment makes us kindly and benevolent to others; we are not chafed and galled by cares which are tyrannical because original. We are fulfilling our proper destiny, and those around us feel the sunshine of our own hearts.
      - [Contentment]

A woman is seldom merciful to the man who is timid.
      - [Timidity]

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

Agreeable surprises are the perquisites of youth.
      - [Youth]

Ah, what without a heaven would be even love!--a perpetual terror of the separation that must one day come.
      - [Heaven]

Alas! innocence is but a poor substitute for experience.
      - [Innocence]

All that poets sing, and grief hath known, of hopes laid waste, knells in that word "alone."
      - [Solitude]

And whatever you lend, let it be your money, and not your name. Money you may get again, and, if not, you may contrive to do without it; name once lost you cannot get again, and, if you can contrive to do without it, you had better never have been born.
      - [Lending]

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 it 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 the 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 curves of grace.
      - [Art]


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