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William M. Thackeray Quotes

(1811-1863), Indian-born British Novelist

If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and recollect that we, too, were very likely indolent and voluptuous, had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle?

Category: Aristocracy

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

Category: Attitude

If a 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!

Category: Books And Reading

What money is better bestowed than that of a schoolboy's tip? How the kindness is recalled by the recipient in after days! It blesses him that gives and him that takes.

Category: Boys

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

Category: Character

Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.

Category: Childhood

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

Category: Conceit

Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.

Category: Death And Dying

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.

Category: Despair

When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.

Category: Enjoyment

It's not dying for faith that's so hard, it's living up to it.

Category: Faith

'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard... 'Tis the living up to it that's difficult.

Category: Faith

Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.

Category: Friends And Friendship

People hate as they love, unreasonably.

Category: Hatred

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.

Category: Humor