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I would rather make my name than inherit it.


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And whenever he spoke (which he did almost always), he took care to produce the very finest and longest words of which the vocabulary gave him the use, rightly judging that it was as cheap to employ a handsome, large, and sonorous epithet, as to use a little stingy one.
William Makepeace Thackeray

We must pass over a part of Mrs. Rebecca Crawleys biography with that lightness and delicacy which the world demands--the moral world, that has, perhaps, no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name.
William Makepeace Thackeray

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

Then sing as Martin Luther sang, As Doctor Martin Luther sang, 'Who loves not wine, woman and song, He is a fool his whole life long.'
William Makepeace Thackeray

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

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.
William Makepeace Thackeray

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