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  • I would rather make my name than inherit it.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Oh, those women They nurse and cuddle their presentiments, and make darlings of their ugliest thoughts . . .
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


  • He had placed himself at her feet so long that the poor little woman had been accustomed to trample upon him. She didn't wish to marry him, but she wished to keep him. She wished to give him nothing, but that he should give her all. It is a bargain not unfrequently levied in love.
    (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)

  • Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • If success is rare and slow, everybody knows how quick and easy ruin is.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • How hard it is to make an Englishman acknowledge that he is happy Pendennis. Book ii. Chap. xxxi.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • . . . 'tis misfortune that awakens ingenuity, or fortitude, or endurance, in hearts where these qualities had never come to life but for the circumstance which gave them a being.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • If you take temptations into account, who is to say that he is better than his neighbor.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

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

  • It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


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