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WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
English novelist, satirist and critic
(1811 - 1863)
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Love makes fools of us all, big and little.
      - [Love]

Lucky he who has been educated to bear his fate, whatsoever it may be, by an early example of uprightness, and a childish training in honor.
      - [Fate]

Malice is of the boomerang character, and is apt to turn upon the projector.
      - [Malice]

Might I give counsel to any young hearer, I would say to him try to frequent the company of your betters. In books and life is the most wholesome society; learn to admire rightly; the great pleasure of life is that. Note what the great men admire,--they admired great things; narrow spirits ad mire basely, and worship meanly.
      - [Associates]

My dear, your everlasting blue velvet quite tires me.
      - [Dress]

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in, so deal with your compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing; but it may sprout into a prodigious bit of timber.
      - [Benevolence]

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
      - [Excellence]

Next to the very young, the very old are the most selfish.
      - [Selfishness]

No particular motive for living, except the custom and habit of it.
      - in an article on Thackeray and his novels in "Blackwood's Magazine", Jan. 1854
        [Life]

Not only is the world informed of everything about you, but of a great deal more.
      - [Gossip]

Novels are sweets. All people with healthy literary appetites love them: almost all women; a vast number of clever, hard-headed men. Judges, bishops, chancellors, mathematicians, are notorious novel readers, as well as young boys and girls, and their kind, tender mothers.
      - [Novels]

Novelty has charms that our minds can hardly withstand.
      - [Novelty]

Oh, brother wearers of motley, are there not moments when one grows sick of grinning and trembling and the jingling of cap and bells?
      - [Fools]

One of the greatest of a great man's qualities is success; 't is the result of all the others; 't is a latent power in him which compels the favor of the gods, and subjugates fortune.
      - [Success]

One tires of a page of which every sentence sparkles with points, of a sentimentalist who is always pumping the tears from his eyes or your own.
      - [Style]

Our measure of rewards and punishments is most partial and incomplete, absurdly inadequate, utterly worldly; and we wish to continue it into the next world. Into that next and awful world we strive to pursue men, and send after them our impotent paltry verdicts of condemnation or acquittal. We set up our paltry little rod to measure heaven immeasurable.
      - [Punishment]

Out of the fictitious book I get the expression of the life, of the times, of the manners, of the merriment, of the dress, the pleasure, the laughter, the ridicules of society. The old times live again. Can the heaviest historian do more for me?
      - [Novels]

Parting and forgetting? What faithful heart can do these? Our great thoughts, our great affections, the truths of our life, never leave us. Surely they cannot separate from our consciousness; shall follow it whithersoever that shall go; and are of their nature divine and immortal.
      - [Parting]

People hate, as they love, unreasonably.
      - [Hate]

People who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited.
      - [Laughter]

Perhaps there is no greater test of a man's regularity and easiness of conscience than his readiness to face the postman. Blessed is he who is made happy by the sound of a rat-tat! The good are eager for it; but the naughty tremble at the sound thereof.
      - [Letters]

Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
      - [Marriage]

Society having ordained certain customs, men are bound to obey the law of society, and conform to its harmless orders.
      - [Society]

Stupid people, who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited; that is, ungentle, uncharitable, unchristian.
      - [Laughter]

Sure, occasion is the father of most that is good in us.
      - [Circumstance]


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