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Born in July 18, 1811 / Died in December 23, 1863 / India / English

Quotes by William Makepeace Thackeray

A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible.
Follow your honest convictions and be strong.
I would rather make my name than inherit it.
Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.
It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.
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!
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.
To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.
Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
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.
People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.
There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real, and vice versa.
Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! what worthy man does not keep those in mind?