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  • We know that Heaven chastens those whom it loves best being pleased by repeated trials, to make ... pure spirits more pure.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • For his part, every beauty of art or nature made him thankful as well as happy, and that the pleasure to be had in listening to fine music, as in looking at the stars in the sky, or at a beautiful landscape or picture, was a benefit for which we might thank Heaven as sincerely as for any other worldly blessing.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Life is the soul's nursery - its training place for the destinies of eternity.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Might I give counsel to any man, I would say to him, try to frequent the company of your betters. In books and in life, that is the most wholesome society learn to admire rightly the great pleasure of life is that. Note what great men admire.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


  • To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Novelty has charms that our mind can hardly withstand.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Fashnable fax and polite annygoats.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • What money is better bestowed than that of a schoolboy's tip? How the kindness is recalled by the recipient in after days! It blesses him that gives and him that takes.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • No business before breakfast, Glum says the King. Breakfast first, business next.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Bravery never goes out of fashion.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Then sing as Martin Luther sang, As Doctor Martin Luther sang, 'Who loves not wine, woman and song, He is a fool his whole life long.'
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)

  • Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter Would you know how first he met her She was cutting bread and butter.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray)


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