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William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes on World (11 Quotes)


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  • Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?-Come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • All the world used her ill, said this young misanthropist, and we may be pretty certain that persons whom all the world treats ill, deserve entirely the treatment they get. The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • She lived in her past life- these relics and remembrances of dead affection were all that was left her in the world.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • The captain would...turn off the conversation, like a consummate man of the world, to some topic of general interest, such as the Opera, the Prince's last ball at Carlton House, or the weather - that blessing to society.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")


  • Who has not remarked the readiness with which the closest of friends and honestest of men suspect and accuse each other of cheating when they fall out on money matters? Everybody does it. Everybody is right, I suppose, and the world is a rogue.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

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

  • Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.
    (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)

  • 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)


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