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WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
English novelist, satirist and critic
(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.
      - [Women]

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

A gentleman, is a rarer thing than some of us think for. Which of us can point out many such in his circle--men whose aims are generous, whose truth is constant and elevated; who can look the world honestly in the face, with an equal manly sympathy for the great and the small? We all know a hundred whose coats are well made, and a score who have excellent manners; but of gentlemen how many? Let us take a little scrap of paper, and each make out his list.
      - [Gentlemen]

A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
      - [Laughter]

A good woman is the loveliest flower that blooms under heaven; and we look with love and wonder upon its silent grace, its pure fragrance, its delicate bloom of beauty.
      - [Loveliness]

A man is seldom more manly than when he is what you call unmanned,--the source of his emotion is championship, pity, and courage; the instinctive desire to cherish those who are innocent and unhappy, and defend those who are tender and weak.
      - [Tears]

A marriage or a refusal or a proposal thrills through a whole household of women, and sets their hysterical sympathies at work.
      - [Sympathy]

A pair of bright eyes with a dozen glances suffice to subdue a man; to enslave him, and inflame; to make him even forget; they dazzle him so that the past becomes straightway dim to him; and he so prizes them that he would give all his life to possess them. What is the fond love of dearest friends compared to his treasure? Is memory as strong as expectancy, fruition as hunger, gratitude as desire?
      - [Eyes]

A snob is that man or woman who is always pretending to be something better--especially richer or more fashionable--than he is.
      - [Pretension]

A woman's heart is just like a lithographer's stone; what is once written upon it cannot be rubbed out.
      - [Heart]

Ah! gracious Heaven gives us eyes to see our own wrong, however dim age may make them; and knees not too stiff to kneel, in spite of years, cramp, and rheumatism.
      - [Repentance]

Ah! thank heaven, travelers find Samaritans as well as Levites on life's hard way.
      - [Sympathy]

Ah! Vanitas vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire, or, having it, is satisfied?
      - [Desire]

Alas! we are the sport of destiny.
      - [Destiny]

All is vanity, look you; and so the preacher is vanity too.
      - [Vanity]

Almost all women have hearts full of pity.
      - [Pity]

An immense percentage of snobs, I believe, is to be found in every rank of this mortal life.
      - [Snobs]

An intelligent wife can make her home, in spite of exigencies, pretty much what she pleases.
      - [Wives]

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.
      - [Sunrise]

As if the ray which travels from the sun would reach me sooner than the man who blacks my boots.
      - [Equality]

As nature made every man with a nose and eyes of his own, she gave him a character of his own, too; and yet we, O foolish race! must try our very best to ape some one or two of our neighbors, whose ideas fit us no more than their breeches!
      - [Character]

At certain periods of life, we live years of emotion in a few weeks, and look back on those times as on great gaps between the old life and the new.
      - [Emotion]

Be it remembered that man subsists upon the air more than upon his meat and drink; but no one can exist for an hour without a copious supply of air. The atmosphere which some breathe is contaminated and adulterated, and with its vital principles so diminished that it cannot fully decarbonize the blood, nor fully excite the nervous system.
      - [Health]

Be sure there are domestic tyrants also.
      - [Tyrants]

Benevolence and feeling ennoble the most trifling actions.
      - [Benevolence]


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