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100 Top Selected Anthony Trollope Quotes

Famous As: Novelist
Born On: April 24, 1815
Died On: December 6, 1882
Born In: London, England
Died At Age: 67
Anthony Trollope was a novelist from England, who lived in the 19th century and is considered as one of the most famous novelists of the Victorian Era. He studied at Harrow and then at Winchester College, two of the finest public schools in England, but since his parents did not have much money in spite of their privileged background, he was often bullied. It was at school that Trollope started thinking about plot lines of stories. After working in Belgium as a member of the Austrian army and then as a purveyor clerk in Ireland, Trollope started working as a novelist. One of Trollope’s most famous works is the ‘Chronicles of Barsetshire’, which is actually a collection of novels about the events in the fictional county called Barsetshire. He found success as an author almost immediately, and after working in Ireland for some years he went back to England. Some of his other notable works include ‘The Three Clerks’, ‘Castle Richmond’ and ‘Framley Parsonage’ among others to firmly establish himself in the London literary network. Trollope’s work, thoughts and writings are still read widely. Here are some of the most profound quotes from the life, times and works of Anthony Trollope that you would surely enjoy. 
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A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.

A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.

Anthony Trollope
What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?...Was ever anything so civil?

What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?...Was ever anything so civil?

Anthony Trollope
That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.

That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.

Anthony Trollope
Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.

Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.

Anthony Trollope
Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.

Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.

Anthony Trollope
To have her meals, and her daily walk, and her fill of novels, and to be left alone, was all that she asked of the gods.

To have her meals, and her daily walk, and her fill of novels, and to be left alone, was all that she asked of the gods.

Anthony Trollope
The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.

Anthony Trollope
She was as one who, in madness, was resolute to throw herself from a precipice, but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.

She was as one who, in madness, was resolute to throw herself from a precipice, but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.

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And, above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning.

And, above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning.

Anthony Trollope
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.

There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.

Anthony Trollope
Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.

Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.

Anthony Trollope
Of all needs a book has, 
the chief need is to be readable.

Of all needs a book has, the chief need is to be readable.

Anthony Trollope
Above all else, never think you're not good enough.

Above all else, never think you're not good enough.

Anthony Trollope
There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.

There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.

Anthony Trollope
Words spoken cannot be recalled, and many a man and many a woman who has spoken a word at once regretted, are far too proud to express that regret.

Words spoken cannot be recalled, and many a man and many a woman who has spoken a word at once regretted, are far too proud to express that regret.

Anthony Trollope
Till we can become divine, we must be content to be human, lest in our hurry for change we sink to something lower.

Till we can become divine, we must be content to be human, lest in our hurry for change we sink to something lower.

Anthony Trollope
I am not fit to marry. I am often cross, and I like my own way, and I have a distaste for men.

I am not fit to marry. I am often cross, and I like my own way, and I have a distaste for men.

Anthony Trollope
Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.

Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.

Anthony Trollope
One can only pour out of a jug that which is in it.

One can only pour out of a jug that which is in it.

Anthony Trollope
Romance is very pretty in novels, but the romance of a life is always a melancholy matter. They are most happy who have no story to tell.

Romance is very pretty in novels, but the romance of a life is always a melancholy matter. They are most happy who have no story to tell.

Anthony Trollope
Who would ever think of learning to live out of an English novel?

Who would ever think of learning to live out of an English novel?

Anthony Trollope
It is no good any longer having any opinion upon anything...

It is no good any longer having any opinion upon anything...

Anthony Trollope
In this world things are beautiful only because they are not quite seen, or not perfectly understood. Poetry is precious chiefly because it suggests more than it declares.

In this world things are beautiful only because they are not quite seen, or not perfectly understood. Poetry is precious chiefly because it suggests more than it declares.

Anthony Trollope
The Church of England is the only church in the world that interferes neither with your politics nor your religion

The Church of England is the only church in the world that interferes neither with your politics nor your religion

Anthony Trollope
Did you ever know a poor man made better by law or a lawyer!' said Bunce bitterly.

Did you ever know a poor man made better by law or a lawyer!' said Bunce bitterly.

Anthony Trollope
For there is no folly so great as keeping one's sorrows hidden.

For there is no folly so great as keeping one's sorrows hidden.

Anthony Trollope
The persons whom you cannot care for in a novel, because they are so bad, are the very same that you so dearly love in your life, because they are so good.

The persons whom you cannot care for in a novel, because they are so bad, are the very same that you so dearly love in your life, because they are so good.

Anthony Trollope
When a man gets into his head an idea that the public voice calls for him, it is astonishing how great becomes his trust in the wisdom of the public.

When a man gets into his head an idea that the public voice calls for him, it is astonishing how great becomes his trust in the wisdom of the public.

Anthony Trollope
I like to have a plan,

I like to have a plan," said Mr. Palliser. "And so do I," said his wife,--"if only for the sake of not keeping it.

Anthony Trollope
You shall be my pet, and my poppet, and my dearest little duck all the days of your life.

You shall be my pet, and my poppet, and my dearest little duck all the days of your life.

Anthony Trollope
A novelist's characters must be with him as he lies down to sleep, and as he wakes from his dreams. He must learn to hate them and to love them.

A novelist's characters must be with him as he lies down to sleep, and as he wakes from his dreams. He must learn to hate them and to love them.

Anthony Trollope
He was one of those men who, as in youth they are never very young, so in age are they never very old.

He was one of those men who, as in youth they are never very young, so in age are they never very old.

Anthony Trollope
Conduct! Is conduct everything? One may conduct oneself excellently, and yet break one's heart.

Conduct! Is conduct everything? One may conduct oneself excellently, and yet break one's heart.

Anthony Trollope
I don't like anybody or anything,

I don't like anybody or anything," said Lucinda. Yes, you do;--you like horses to ride, and dresses to wear.

Anthony Trollope
Throughout the world, the more wrong a man does, the more indignant is he at wrong done to him.

Throughout the world, the more wrong a man does, the more indignant is he at wrong done to him.

Anthony Trollope
Wine is a dangerous thing, and should not be made the exponent of truth, let the truth be good as it may; but it has the merit of forcing a man to show his true colors.

Wine is a dangerous thing, and should not be made the exponent of truth, let the truth be good as it may; but it has the merit of forcing a man to show his true colors.

Anthony Trollope
Life is so unlike theory.

Life is so unlike theory.

Anthony Trollope
I have passed the period of a woman's life when as a woman she is loved; but I have have not outlived the power of loving.

I have passed the period of a woman's life when as a woman she is loved; but I have have not outlived the power of loving.

Anthony Trollope
He took such high ground that there was no getting on to it.

He took such high ground that there was no getting on to it.

Anthony Trollope
Her happiness, like that of most of us, was ever in the future,—never reached but always coming.

Her happiness, like that of most of us, was ever in the future,—never reached but always coming.

Anthony Trollope
There are some people, if you can only get to learn the length of their feet, you can always fit them with shoes afterwards.

There are some people, if you can only get to learn the length of their feet, you can always fit them with shoes afterwards.

Anthony Trollope
A man who desires to soften another man's heart, should always abuse himself. In softening a woman's heart, he should abuse her.

A man who desires to soften another man's heart, should always abuse himself. In softening a woman's heart, he should abuse her.

Anthony Trollope
Though they were Liberals they were not democrats; nor yet infidels.

Though they were Liberals they were not democrats; nor yet infidels.

Anthony Trollope
The greatest mistake any man ever made is to suppose that the good things of the world are not worth the winning.

The greatest mistake any man ever made is to suppose that the good things of the world are not worth the winning.

Anthony Trollope
The end of a novel, like the end of children’s dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plum

The end of a novel, like the end of children’s dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plum

Anthony Trollope
Those who depart must have earned such sorrow before it can be really felt.

Those who depart must have earned such sorrow before it can be really felt.

Anthony Trollope
The fight has been going on since...dominion in this world has found itself capable of sustentation by the exercise of fear as to the world to come.

The fight has been going on since...dominion in this world has found itself capable of sustentation by the exercise of fear as to the world to come.

Anthony Trollope
Lovers with all the glories and all the graces are supposed to be plentiful as blackberries by girls of nineteen, but have been proved to be rare hothouse fruits by girls of twenty-nine.

Lovers with all the glories and all the graces are supposed to be plentiful as blackberries by girls of nineteen, but have been proved to be rare hothouse fruits by girls of twenty-nine.

Anthony Trollope
There was very much in the whole affair of which he would not be proud as he led his bride to the altar;--but a man does not expect to get four thousand pounds a year for nothing.

There was very much in the whole affair of which he would not be proud as he led his bride to the altar;--but a man does not expect to get four thousand pounds a year for nothing.

Anthony Trollope
(On Charles Dickens) It has been the peculiarity and the marvel of this man’s power, that he has invested his puppets with a charm that has enabled him to dispense with human nature.

(On Charles Dickens) It has been the peculiarity and the marvel of this man’s power, that he has invested his puppets with a charm that has enabled him to dispense with human nature.

Anthony Trollope
(John Bold said): If an action is the right one, personal feelings must not be allowed to interfere. Of course I greatly like Mr Harding, but that is no reason for failing in my duty to those old men.

(John Bold said): If an action is the right one, personal feelings must not be allowed to interfere. Of course I greatly like Mr Harding, but that is no reason for failing in my duty to those old men.

Anthony Trollope
He (The warden) was painfully afraid of a disagreement with any person in any subject....he felt horror at the thought of being made the subject of common gossip and public criticism.

He (The warden) was painfully afraid of a disagreement with any person in any subject....he felt horror at the thought of being made the subject of common gossip and public criticism.

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Of course he had committed forgery;--of course he had committed robbery. That, indeed, was nothing, for he had been cheating and forging and stealing all his life.

Of course he had committed forgery;--of course he had committed robbery. That, indeed, was nothing, for he had been cheating and forging and stealing all his life.

Anthony Trollope
A woman's weapon is her tongue.

A woman's weapon is her tongue.

Anthony Trollope
Men and women ain't lumps of sugar. They don't melt because the water is sometimes warm.

Men and women ain't lumps of sugar. They don't melt because the water is sometimes warm.

Anthony Trollope
Must we be strangers, you and I, because there was a time in which we were almost more than friends?

Must we be strangers, you and I, because there was a time in which we were almost more than friends?

Anthony Trollope
Oh, that that old man in Westmoreland would die and be gathered to his fathers, now that he was full of years and ripe for the sickle! But there was no sign of death about the old man.

Oh, that that old man in Westmoreland would die and be gathered to his fathers, now that he was full of years and ripe for the sickle! But there was no sign of death about the old man.

Anthony Trollope
A man has usually to work through much mud before he gets his nugget.

A man has usually to work through much mud before he gets his nugget.

Anthony Trollope
If a husband be not master of his wifes heart, he has no right to her fealty; if a wife ceases to love, she may cease to be true.

If a husband be not master of his wifes heart, he has no right to her fealty; if a wife ceases to love, she may cease to be true.

Anthony Trollope
But women can bear anything better than desertion. Cruelty is bad, but neglect is worse than cruelty, and desertion worse even than neglect.

But women can bear anything better than desertion. Cruelty is bad, but neglect is worse than cruelty, and desertion worse even than neglect.

Anthony Trollope
Now, Justinia, you are unfair.

Now, Justinia, you are unfair.

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Courtesty and cordiality are not only not the same, but they are incompatible. Why so? Courtesy is an effort, and cordiality is free.

Courtesty and cordiality are not only not the same, but they are incompatible. Why so? Courtesy is an effort, and cordiality is free.

Anthony Trollope
That fighting of a battle without belief is, I think, the sorriest task which ever falls to the lot of any man.

That fighting of a battle without belief is, I think, the sorriest task which ever falls to the lot of any man.

Anthony Trollope
It seems to me that if a man can so train himself that he may live honestly and die fearlessly, he has done about as much as is necessary.

It seems to me that if a man can so train himself that he may live honestly and die fearlessly, he has done about as much as is necessary.

Anthony Trollope
Babbling may be a weakness, but to my thinking mystery is a vice.

Babbling may be a weakness, but to my thinking mystery is a vice.

Anthony Trollope
As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.

As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.

Anthony Trollope
Few men do understand the nature of a woman’s heart till years have robbed such understanding of its value.

Few men do understand the nature of a woman’s heart till years have robbed such understanding of its value.

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Love is involuntary. It does not often run in a yoke with prudence.

Love is involuntary. It does not often run in a yoke with prudence.

Anthony Trollope
There is an aptness, a propriety, a fitness in these things which one can understand perhaps better than explain.

There is an aptness, a propriety, a fitness in these things which one can understand perhaps better than explain.

Anthony Trollope
Her virtues were too numerous to describe, and not sufficiently interesting to deserve description.

Her virtues were too numerous to describe, and not sufficiently interesting to deserve description.

Anthony Trollope
Everything about her room betokened wealth; but she had put away the French novels, and had placed a Bible on a little table, not quite hidden, behind her own seat.

Everything about her room betokened wealth; but she had put away the French novels, and had placed a Bible on a little table, not quite hidden, behind her own seat.

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In former days the Earl had been a man quite capable of making himself disagreeable, and probably had not yet lost the power of doing so. Of all our capabilities this is the one which clings longest to us.

In former days the Earl had been a man quite capable of making himself disagreeable, and probably had not yet lost the power of doing so. Of all our capabilities this is the one which clings longest to us.

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I sometimes think you despise poetry,' said Phineas. 
'When it is false I do. The difficulty is to know when it is false and when it is true.

I sometimes think you despise poetry,' said Phineas. 'When it is false I do. The difficulty is to know when it is false and when it is true.

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These leave-takings in novels are as disagreeable as they are in real life; not so sad, indeed, for they want the reality of sadness; but quite as perplexing, and generally less satisfactory.

These leave-takings in novels are as disagreeable as they are in real life; not so sad, indeed, for they want the reality of sadness; but quite as perplexing, and generally less satisfactory.

Anthony Trollope
There are men whose energies hardly ever carry them beyond looking for the thing they want.

There are men whose energies hardly ever carry them beyond looking for the thing they want.

Anthony Trollope
He was not so anxious to prove himself right, as to be so.

He was not so anxious to prove himself right, as to be so.

Anthony Trollope
Men who think much want to speak often,

Men who think much want to speak often,

Anthony Trollope
Leave a chimney-sweep alone when you see him, Chiltern. Should he run against you, then remember that it is one of the necessary penalties of clean linen that it is apt to be soiled.

Leave a chimney-sweep alone when you see him, Chiltern. Should he run against you, then remember that it is one of the necessary penalties of clean linen that it is apt to be soiled.

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Let me tell you, Lady Glencora, that a faineant government is not the worst government that England can have. It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.

Let me tell you, Lady Glencora, that a faineant government is not the worst government that England can have. It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.

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As man is never strong enough to take unmixed delight in good, so may we presume also that he cannot be quite so weak as to find perfect satisfaction in evil.

As man is never strong enough to take unmixed delight in good, so may we presume also that he cannot be quite so weak as to find perfect satisfaction in evil.

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He has gone, Mamma,' she said, as she entered the breakfast-room. 'And now we'll go back to our work-a-day ways. It has been all Sunday for me the last six weeks.

He has gone, Mamma,' she said, as she entered the breakfast-room. 'And now we'll go back to our work-a-day ways. It has been all Sunday for me the last six weeks.

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He is no better than anybody else that I can see, and he is beginning to give himself airs,

He is no better than anybody else that I can see, and he is beginning to give himself airs,

Anthony Trollope
A man captivated by wiles was only captivated for a time, whereas a man won by simplicity would be won forever - if he, himself, were worth the winning.

A man captivated by wiles was only captivated for a time, whereas a man won by simplicity would be won forever - if he, himself, were worth the winning.

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After all, then, she was not a clever woman,—not more clever than other women around her!

After all, then, she was not a clever woman,—not more clever than other women around her!

Anthony Trollope
A sermon is not to tell you what you are, but what you ought to be, and a novel should tell you not what you are to get, but what you’d like to get.

A sermon is not to tell you what you are, but what you ought to be, and a novel should tell you not what you are to get, but what you’d like to get.

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Rest and quiet are the comforts of those who have been content to remain in obscurity.

Rest and quiet are the comforts of those who have been content to remain in obscurity.

Anthony Trollope
Home to your own people. How nice! I have no people to go to. I have one sister, who lives with her husband at Riga. She is my only relation, and I never see her.

Home to your own people. How nice! I have no people to go to. I have one sister, who lives with her husband at Riga. She is my only relation, and I never see her.

Anthony Trollope
What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?

What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?

Anthony Trollope
If a cook can't make soup between two and seven, she can't make it in a week.

If a cook can't make soup between two and seven, she can't make it in a week.

Anthony Trollope
Who is there that abstains from reading that which is printed in abuse of himself?

Who is there that abstains from reading that which is printed in abuse of himself?

Anthony Trollope
The rising in life of our familiar friends is, perhaps, the bitterest morsel of the bitter bread which we are called upon to eat in life.

The rising in life of our familiar friends is, perhaps, the bitterest morsel of the bitter bread which we are called upon to eat in life.

Anthony Trollope
He was not witty, nor did he deal in anecdotes.

He was not witty, nor did he deal in anecdotes.

Anthony Trollope
Morning parties, as a rule, are failures. People never know how to get away from them gracefully.

Morning parties, as a rule, are failures. People never know how to get away from them gracefully.

Anthony Trollope
There are moments in which stupid people say clever things, obtuse people say sharp things, and good-natured people say ill-natured things.

There are moments in which stupid people say clever things, obtuse people say sharp things, and good-natured people say ill-natured things.

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It is natural that the father should yearn for the son, while the son's feeling for the father is of a very much weaker nature.

It is natural that the father should yearn for the son, while the son's feeling for the father is of a very much weaker nature.

Anthony Trollope
Marriages are considered to be comme il faut. I

Marriages are considered to be comme il faut. I

Anthony Trollope
No one ever on seeing Mr Crawley took him to be a happy man, or a weak man, or an ignorant man, or a wise man.

No one ever on seeing Mr Crawley took him to be a happy man, or a weak man, or an ignorant man, or a wise man.

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Of one small circumstance that had occurred, he felt quite sure that Mr. Kennedy knew nothing.

Of one small circumstance that had occurred, he felt quite sure that Mr. Kennedy knew nothing.

Anthony Trollope
Gentle reader, did you ever feel yourself snubbed? Did you ever, when thinking much of your own importance, find yourself suddenly reduced to a nonentity? Such was Eleanor's feeling now.

Gentle reader, did you ever feel yourself snubbed? Did you ever, when thinking much of your own importance, find yourself suddenly reduced to a nonentity? Such was Eleanor's feeling now.

Anthony Trollope
Mrs Grantly after her father's death. This matter, therefore, had been taken out of the warden's hands

Mrs Grantly after her father's death. This matter, therefore, had been taken out of the warden's hands

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