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EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, 1ST BARON LYTTON
English novelist and politician
(1803 - 1873)
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In one of the Welsh counties is a small village called A-----. It is somewhat removed from the high road, and is, therefore, but little known to those luxurious amateurs of the picturesque, who view nature through the windows of a carriage and four.
      - Night and Morning
         (book 1, introductory chapter)
        [Books (First Lines)]

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps the struggled against the darkness.
      - Paul Clifford (ch. I)
        [Books (First Lines)]

You speak
  As one who fed on poetry.
      - Richelieu (act I, sc. 1) [Poetry]

Love thou, and if thy love be deep as mine,
  Thou wilt not laugh at poets.
      - Richelieu (act I, sc. 1, l. 177) [Love]

It is strange so great a statesman should
  Be so sublime a poet.
      - Richelieu (act I, sc. 2) [Statesmanship]

Laws die, Books never.
      - Richelieu (act I, sc. 2) [Books]

-----To live
  On means not yours--be brave in silks and laces,
    Gallant in steeds; splendid in banquets; all
      Not yours. Given, uninherited, unpaid for;
        This is to be a trickster; and to filch
          Men's art and labour, which to them is wealth,
            Life, daily bread;--quitting all scores with "friend,
              You're troublesome!" Why this, forgive me,
                Is what, when done with a less dainty grace,
                  Plain folks call "Theft."
      - Richelieu (act I, sc. 2) [Thieving]

Beneath the rule of men entirely great
  The pen is mightier than the sword.
      - Richelieu (act II, sc. 2) [Pen]

In the lexicon of youth, which
  Fate reserves for a bright manhood, there is no such word
    As--fail!
      - Richelieu (act II, sc. 2) [Failure]

Never say
  "Fail" again.
      - Richelieu (act II, sc. 2) [Failure]

Ambition has no rest!
      - Richelieu (act III, sc. 1) [Ambition]

Sublime Philosophy!
  Thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven;
    And bright with beckoning angels--but alas!
      We see thee like the patriarch, but in dreams,
        By the first step,--dull slumbering on the earth.
      - Richelieu (act III, sc. 1, l. 4)
        [Philosophy]

I have wrought great use out of evil tools.
      - Richelieu (act III, sc. 1, l. 49) [Evil]

Come, Death, and snatch me from disgrace.
      - Richelieu (act IV, sc. 1) [Disgrace]

The celebrated name which forms the title to this work will sufficiently apprise the reader that it is in the earlier half of the fourteenth century that my story opens.
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A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
      - Speech,
        in the House of Commons, on the Reform Bill
        [Revolution]

"Sir--Sir, it is a boy!"
  "A boy," said my father, looking up from his book, and evidently much puzzled; "what is a boy?"
      - The Caxtons [Books (First Lines)]

To us, sir, every woman is a lady, in right of her sex.
      - The Caxtons (Part 3, ch. IV) [Women]

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenceless!
      - The Lady of Lyons (act IV, sc. 1) [Crime]

Love has no thought of self!
  Love buys not with the ruthless usurer's gold
    The loathsome prostitution of a hand
      Without a heart! Love sacrifices all things
        To bless the thing it loves!
      - The Lady of Lyons (act V, sc. 2, l. 23)
        [Love]

"Ho, Diomed, well met! Do you sup with Glaucus to-night?" said a young man of small stature, who wore his tunic in those loose and effeminate folds which proved him to be a gentleman and a
  coxcomb.
    "Alas, no! dear Clodinus; he has not invited me," replied Diomed, a man of portly frame and of middle age. "By Pollux, a scurvy trick! for they say his suppers are the best in Pompeii."
      - The Last Days of Pompeii
        [Books (First Lines)]

I am as one who is left alone at a banquet, the lights dead and the flowers faded.
      - The Last Days of Pompeii (ch. V)
        [Solitude]

Westward, beyond the still pleasant, but, even then, no longer solitary, hamlet of Charing, a broad space, broken here and there by scattered houses and venerable pollards, in the early spring of 1467, presented the rural scene for the sports and pastimes of the inhabitants of Westminister and London.
      - The Last of the Barons
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The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
  Frank, haughty, rash--the Rupert of debate.
      - The New Timon (pt. I) [Argument]

Hark, the world so loud,
  And they, the movers of the world, so still!
      - The Souls of Books (st. 3, l. 14) [Books]


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