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EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, 1ST BARON LYTTON
English novelist and politician
(1803 - 1873)
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The night is past;--joy cometh with the morrow.
      - [Hope]

The object of ambition, unlike that of love, never being wholly possessed, ambition is the more durable passion of the two.
      - [Ambition]

The past but lives in words; a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale, unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.
      - [Books]

The poet in prose or verse--the creator--can only stamp his images forcibly on the page in proportion as he has forcibly felt, ardently nursed, and long brooded over them.
      - [Poetry]

The public man needs but one patron, namely, the lucky moment.
      - [Opportunity]

The rust rots the steel which use preserves.
      - [Employment]

The same refinement which brings us new pleasures exposes us to new pains.
      - [Pain]

The secret of fashion is to surprise and never to disappoint.
      - [Fashion]

The sunshine of the mind.
      - [Good Humor]

The surest way of making a dupe is to let your victim suppose you are his.
      - [Deceit]

The veil which covers the face of futurity is woven by the hand of mercy.
      - [Futurity]

The vices and the virtues are written in a language the world cannot construe; it reads them in a vile translation, and the translators are Failure and Success.
      - [Vice]

There is a great deal we never think of calling religion that is still fruit unto God, and garnered by Him in the harvest. The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, patience, goodness. I affirm that if these fruits are found in any form, whether you show your patience as a woman nursing a fretful child, or as a man attending to the vexing detail of a business, or as a physician following the dark mazes of sickness, or as a mechanic fitting the joints and valves of a locomotive; being honest true besides, you bring forth truth unto God.
      - [Religion]

There is a world of science necessary in choosing books. I have known some people in great sorrow fly to a novel, or the last light book in fashion. One might as well take a rose-draught for the plague! Light reading does not do when the heart is really heavy. I am told that Goethe, when he lost his son, took to study a science that was new to him. Ah! Goethe was a physician who knew what he was about.
      - [Reading]

There is an ill-breeding to which, whatever our rank and nature, we are almost equally sensitive, the ill-breeding that comes from want of consideration for others.
      - [Selfishness]

There is certainly something of exquisite kindness and thoughtful benevolence in that rarest of gifts,--fine breeding.
      - [Manners]

There is in the heart of woman such a deep well of love that no age can freeze it.
      - [Heart]

There is no man so great as not to have some littleness more predominant than all his greatness. Our virtues are the dupes, and often only the plaything of our follies.
      - [Greatness]

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world, either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it.
      - [Manners : Politeness]

There is no society, however free and democratic, where wealth will not create an aristocracy.
      - [Wealth]

There is no tongue that flatters like a lover's; and yet, in the exaggeration of his feelings, flattery seems to him commonplace. Strange and prodigal exuberance, which soon exhausts itself by flowing!
      - [Flattery]

There is scarcely as good critic of books born in our age, and yet every fool thinks himself justified in criticising persons.
      - [Critics]

There is so little to redeem the dry mass of follies and errors from which the materials of this life are composed that anything to love or to reverence becomes, as it were, the Sabbath for the mind.
      - [Affection]

Thirsting for the golden fountain of the fable, from how many stream have we turned away, weary and in disgust?
      - [Defeat]

Those critics who, in modern times, have the most thoughtfully analyzed the laws of aesthetic beauty, concur in maintain that the real truthfulness of all works of imagination--sculpture, painting, written fiction--is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent the positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth.
      - [Art : Beauty]


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