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William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

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"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write."

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

"To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."

"'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel."

"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new."

"A good laugh is sunshine in the house."

"It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all."

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

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

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

"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!"

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

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

"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."

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

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

"It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England."

"Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it."

"Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do."

"Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish."

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