William Makepeace Thackeray

English writer (born in India) (1811-1863)

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'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's difficult.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.
A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.
Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
I would rather make my name than inherit it.
It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
Life is the soul's nursery--Its training place for the destinies of eternity.
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
People hate as they love, unreasonably.
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.
To endure is greater than to dare to tire out hostile fortune to be daunted by no difficulty to keep heart when all have lost it -- who can say this is not greatness
To love and win is the best thing, to love and lose, the next best.
To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world. It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth -- all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.
When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole.
When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.

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