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  • 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")

  • All is vanity, nothing is fair.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • Time has dealt kindly with that stout officer, as it does ordinarily with men who have good stomachs and good tempers, and are not perplexed over much by fatigue of the brain.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")


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