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William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes on Life (10 Quotes)


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  • Are not there little chapters in everybody's life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • Praise everybody, I say to such: never be squeamish, but speak out your compliment both point-blank in a man's face, and behind his back, when you know there is a reasonable chance of his hearing it again. 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.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • If she did not wish to lead a virtuous life, at least she desired to enjoy a character for virtue . . .
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • It is from the level of calamities, not that of every-day life, that we learn impressive and useful lessons.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


  • If a man has committed wrong in life, I dont know any moralist more anxious to point his errors out to the world than his own relations.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • 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 Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Our great thoughts, our great affections, the truths of our life, never leave us. Surely they can not separate from our consciousness, shall follow it whithersoever that shall go, and are of their nature divine and immortal.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Life is the soul's nursery - its training place for the destinies of eternity.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Might I give counsel to any man, I would say to him, try to frequent the company of your betters. In books and in life, that is the most wholesome society learn to admire rightly the great pleasure of life is that. Note what great men admire.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


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