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 :: 1803-1873, British Novelist, Poet

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It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Age and Aging]

 

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Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Love]

 

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Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Wisdom]

 

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No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Inconsistency]

 

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One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Truth]

 

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One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Patience is not active; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Patience]

 

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Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Power]

 

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Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Books and Reading]

 

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Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Health]

 

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Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Remorse]

 

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The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Conscience]

 

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The easiest person to deceive is one's own self.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Deceit]

 

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The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Success]

 

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The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Mind]

 

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The pen is mightier than the sword.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Writers and Writing]

 

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The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Enthusiasm]

 

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The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton - [Conversation]

 

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