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EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, 1ST BARON LYTTON
English novelist and politician
(1803 - 1873)
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In some exquisite critical hints on "Eurythmy," Goethe remarks, "that the best composition in pictures is that which, observing the most delicate laws of harmony, so arranges the objects that they by their position tell their own story." And the rule thus applied to composition in painting applies no less to composition in literature.
      - [Style]

In the lexicon of youth . . . there is no such words as fail!
      - [Failure]

In these days half our diseases come from neglect of the body in overwork of the brain.
      - [Health]

Irony is to the high-bred what billingsgate is to the vulgar; and when one gentleman thinks another gentleman an ass, he does not say it point-blank, he implies it in the politest terms he can invent.
      - [Rudeness]

It is a very high mind to which gratitude is not a painful sensation. If you wish to please, you will find it wiser to receive, solicit even, favors, than accord them; for the vanity of the obligor is always flattered, that of the obligee rarely.
      - [Gratitude]

It is astonishing how little one feels poverty when one loves.
      - [Love]

"It is destiny"--phrase of the weak human heart; dark apology for every error. The strong and the virtuous admit no destiny. On earth, guides conscience; in heaven, watches God. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one, to dethrone the other.
      - [Destiny]

It is in contemplating man at a distance that we become benevolent.
      - [Benevolence]

It is noticeable how intuitively in age we go back with strange fondness to all that is fresh in the earliest dawn of youth. If we never cared for little children before, we delight to see them roll in the grass over which we hobble on crutches. The grandsire turns wearily from his middle-aged, careworn son, to listen with infant laugh to the prattle of an infant grandchild. It is the old who plant young trees; it is the old who are most saddened by the autumn; and feel most delight in the returning spring.
      - [Age]

It is often the easiest move that completes the game. Fortune is like the lady whom a lover carried off from all his rivals by putting an additional lace upon his liveries.
      - [Fortune]

It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that Vice can obtain a lodging. When she knocks at your door be able to say: "No room for your ladyship; pass on."
      - [Vice]

It is the glorious doom of literature that the evil perishes and the good remains.
      - [Literature]

It is, the most beautiful truth in morals that we have no such thing as a distinct or divided interest from our race. In their welfare is ours, and by choosing the broadest paths to effect their happiness we choose the surest and the shortest to our own.
      - [Democracy]

It may, indeed, be said that sympathy exists in all minds, as Faraday has discovered that magnetism exists in all metals; but a certain temperature is required to develop the hidden property, whether in the metal or the mind.
      - [Sympathy]

It seems to me as if not only the form, but the soul of man was made to "walk erect, and look upon the stars."
      - [Soul]

Jewelry and profuse ornaments are unmistakable evidences of vulgarity.
      - [Ornament]

Julius Caesar owed two millions when he risked the experiment of being general in Gaul. If Julius Caesar had not lived to cross the Rubicon, and pay off his debts, what would his creditors have called Julius Caesar?
      - [Success]

Keep unscathed the good name; keep out of peril the honor without which even your battered old soldier who is hobbling into his grave on half-pay and a wooden leg would not change with Achilles.
      - [Honor]

Law dies, books never.
      - [Books]

Leave glory to great folks. Ah, castles in the air cost a vast deal to keep up!
      - [Castles in the Air]

Let us fill urns with rose-leaves in our May, and hive the thrifty sweetness for December!
      - [Spring]

Let youth cherish sleep, the happiest of earthly boons, while yet it is at its command; for there cometh the day to all when "neither the voice of the lute nor the birds" shall bring back the sweet slumbers that fell on their young eyes as unbidden as the dews.
      - [Sleep]

Life is short--while we speak it flies; enjoy, then, the present, and forget the future; such is the moral of ancient poetry, a graceful and a wise moral,--indulged beneath a southern sky, and all deserving, the phrase applied to it,--the philosophy of the garden."
      - [Life]

Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has, for its first duty, to forgive.
      - [Forgiveness]

Light wines--nothing so treacherous. They inflame the brain like fire while melting on the palate like ice. All inhabitants of light-wine countries are quarrelsome.
      - [Wine and Spirits]


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