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 :: 1811-1863, Indian-born British Novelist

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Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Selfishness]

 

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I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Senses]

 

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Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Success]

 

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We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world. It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth -- all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Trains]

 

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To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained -- who can say this is not greatness?
~ William M. Thackeray - [Perseverance]

 

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Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Persuasion]

 

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Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Risk]

 

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Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbor is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Scandal]

 

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A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Laughter]

 

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'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Men and Women]

 

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It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Middle Class]

 

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Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Motivation]

 

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It's not dying for faith that's so hard, it's living up to it.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Faith]

 

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'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard... 'Tis the living up to it that's difficult.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Faith]

 

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Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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People hate as they love, unreasonably.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Hatred]

 

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Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Humor]

 

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There is no good in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else. The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Inequality]

 

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It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Infatuation]

 

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I would rather make my name than inherit it.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Inheritance]

 

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