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WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
English novelist, satirist and critic
(1811 - 1863)
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I would rather make my name than inherit it.
      - [Reputation]

If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
      - [Character]

If fathers are sometimes sulky at the appearance of the destined son-in-law, is it not a fact that mothers become sentimental and, as it were, love their own loves over again.
      - [Courtship]

If fun is good, truth is still better, and love best of all.
      - [Love]

If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!
      - [Matrimony]

If the secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader.
      - [Books]

If thou hast never been a fool, be sure thou wilt never be a wise man.
      - [Fools]

If you had told Sycorax that her son Caliban was as handsome as Apollo, she would have been pleased, witch as she was.
      - [Flattery]

If you take temptations into account, who is to say that he is better than his neighbor?
      - [Temptation]

If you will fling yourself under the wheels, Juggernaut will go over you; depend upon it.
      - [Carelessness]

In effective womanly beauty form is more than face, and manner more than either.
      - [Grace]

Is beauty beautiful, or is it only our eyes that make it so?
      - [Beauty]

It is a friendly heart that has plenty of friends.
      - [Friends]

It is an awful thing to get a glimpse, as one sometimes does, when the time is past, of some little, little wheel which works the whole mighty machinery of fate, and see how our destinies turn on a minute's delay or advance.
      - [Fate]

It is an old saying, that we forget nothing, as people in fever begin suddenly to talk the language of their infancy; we are stricken by memory sometimes, and old affections rush back on us as vivid as in the time when they were our daily talk, when their presence gladdened our eyes, when their accents thrilled in our ears,--when with passionate tears and grief, we flung ourselves upon their hopeless corpses. Parting is death,--at least, as far as life is concerned. A passion comes to an end; it is carried off in a coffin, or, weeping in a postchaise, it drops out of life one way or the other, and the earth-clods close over it, and we see it no more. But it has been part of our souls, and it is eternal.
      - [Memory]

It is comparatively easy to leave a mistress, but very hard to be left by one.
      - [Affection]

It is from the level of calamities, not that of every-day life, that we learn impressive and useful lessons.
      - [Calamities]

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.
      - [Hope : Reality]

It was in his own home that Fielding knew and loved her (Amelia); from his own wife that he drew the most charming character in English fiction.
      - [Wedlock]

It's a great comfort to some people to groan over their imaginary ills.
      - [Grumbling]

Keats spoke for all time when he said, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
      - [Beauty]

Let us be very gentle with our neighbors' failings, and forgive our friends their debts as we hope ourselves to be forgiven.
      - [Toleration]

Let us people who are so uncommonly clever and learned have a great tenderness and pity for the poor folks who are not endowed with the prodigious talents which we have.
      - [Toleration]

Life is the soul's nursery.
      - [Soul]

Life without laughing is a dreary blank.
      - [Laughter]


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