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  • 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)

  • Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard, Master Harry - every man of every nation has done that - 'tis the living up to it that is difficult.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • People hate as they love, unreasonably.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


  • The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • If she did not wish to lead a virtuous life, at least she desired to enjoy a character for virtue . . .
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! what worthy man does not keep those in mind?
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • To endure is greater than to dare to tire out hostile fortune to be daunted by no difficultyto keep heart when all have lost it to go through intrigue spotlessto forego even ambition when the end is gained who can say this is not greatness.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • It is from the level of calamities, not that of every-day life, that we learn impressive and useful lessons.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • 'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


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