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  • 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")

  • 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")

  • Vanity Fair is a very vain, wicked, foolish place, full of all sorts of humbugs and falsenesses and pretensions.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do. I knew once a gentleman and very worthy practitioner in Vanity Fair, who used to do little wrongs to his neighbours on purpose, and in order to apologise for them in an open and manly way afterwards-and what ensued? My friend Crocky Doyle was liked everywhere, and deemed to be rather impetuous-but the honestest fellow.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")

  • Charming Alnaschar visions! It is the happy privilege of youth to construct you, and many a fanciful creature besides Rebecca Sharp has indulged in these delightful daydreams ere now!
    (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")


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