William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Four Georges, "George the Third," (1855).
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'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The History of Henry Esmond, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1852).
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'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The History of Henry Esmond, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1852).
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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 Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Newcomes, bk. 1, ch. 16 (1853-1855).
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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 Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Newcomes, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1855).
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Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter; Would you know how first he met her? She was cutting bread and butter.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British novelist. The Sorrows of Werther (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Oxford University Press.
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I would rather make my name than inherit it.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Virginians, ch. 26 (1857-1859).
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Whenever he met a great man he grovelled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Vanity Fair, ch. 13 (1848). Referring to Mr. Osborne.
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Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Vanity Fair, ch. 67 (1848).
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