William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 24 December 1863) was an English Victorian writer.
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When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole

William Makepeace Thackeray

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 Makepeace Thackeray

If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray

It's not dying for faith that's so hard, it's living up to it.

William Makepeace Thackeray

It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.

William Makepeace Thackeray

This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.

William Makepeace Thackeray

To forego even ambition when the end is gained - who can say this is not greatness?

William Makepeace Thackeray

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.

William Makepeace Thackeray

An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through.

William Makepeace Thackeray

'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.

William Makepeace Thackeray

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Bravery never goes out of fashion.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Dinner was made for eating, not for talking.

William Makepeace Thackeray

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children

William Makepeace Thackeray

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.

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

There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real, and vice versa.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it.

William Makepeace Thackeray

People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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.

William Makepeace Thackeray

I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Follow your honest convictions and be strong.

William Makepeace Thackeray
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