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 :: 1811-1863, Indian-born British Novelist

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Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Selfishness]

 

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People hate as they love, unreasonably.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Hatred]

 

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People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Conceit]

 

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The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Writers and Writing]

 

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The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Attitude]

 

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There is no good in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else. The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Inequality]

 

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Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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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; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained -- who can say this is not greatness?
~ William M. Thackeray - [Perseverance]

 

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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.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Trains]

 

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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 M. Thackeray - [Boys]

 

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When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Enjoyment]

 

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Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.
~ William M. Thackeray - [Persuasion]

 

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