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  • Have you ever had a difference with a dear friend? How his letters, written in the period of love and confidence, sicken and rebuke you! What a dreary mourning it is to dwell upon those vehement protests of dead affection! What lying epitaphs they make over the corpse of love! What dark, cruel comments upon Life and Vanities! Most of us have got or written drawers full of them. They are closet-skeletons which we keep and shun
    (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")

  • If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • Your comedy and mine will have been played then, and we shall be removed
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • In a word, in adversity she was the best of comforters, in good fortune the most troublesome of friends...
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")


  • In the midst of friends, home, and kind parents, she was alone.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • One of the great conditions of anger and hatred is, that you must tell and believe lies against the hated object, in order, as we said, to be consistent.
    (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")

  • Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • She had not character enough to take to drinking, and moaned about, slip-shod and in curl-papers, all day.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • A person can't help their birth.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")


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