75 Top William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes
Author & Novelist
William Makepeace Thackeray was an English author, novelist, literary critic and satirist, who lived in the 19th century and went on to become one of the best known authors of the time. Thackeray is best known for his novel ‘Vanity Fair’ published in 1848 which satirized the upper class of English society of the time and is regarded as one of the most accurate depictions of that era. Earlier in life, Thackeray had squandered his inheritance on gambling and failed ventures, which forced him to take up writing in order to make a living. He worked for ‘The Foreign Quarterly Review’, ‘Fraser’s Magazine’, ‘Punch’ and ‘The Morning Chronicle’ among others. ‘Fraser’s Magazine’ had also published two of his works of fiction titled ‘The Luck of Barry Lyndon’ and ‘Catherine’. However, his fortunes changed completely following the publication of ‘Vanity Fair’ and readers compared his work with that of the legendary Charles Dickens. Thackeray could not replicate the success of ‘Vanity Fair’ with his subsequent novels but some of the notable ones include ‘The Newcomers’, ‘Pendennis’, ‘The Adventures of Philip’ and ‘Bildungsroman’. Thackeray was also a man of sharp and ironic wit that made him such a successful writer of satire. Whatever he has said or written have become quite famous as his quotes and thoughts and is quoted extensively. His thoughts and quotations tackle the most serious and sensitive topics in a lighter tone. Here are some of the best quotations and thoughts from William Makepeace Thackeray’s life and works.
Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting. To love and win is the best thing.
To love and lose, the next best. Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society. Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural. Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied? Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. All is vanity, nothing is fair. If a man's character is to be abused, say what you will, there's nobody like a relative to do the business. People hate as they love, unreasonably. There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write. Are not there little chapters in everybody's life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history? In the midst of friends, home, and kind parents, she was alone. The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts; but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do? A good laugh is sunshine in a house The moral world has no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name. Bravery never goes out of fashion. A woman with fair opportunities, and without an absolute hump, may marry WHOM SHE LIKES. It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?-Come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out. ...the greatest tyrants over women are women. One of the great conditions of anger and hatred is, that you must tell and believe lies against the hated object, in order, as we said, to be consistent. A person can't help their birth. I would rather make my name then inherit it. It is the ordinary lot of people to have no friends if they themselves care for nobody A lady who sets her heart upon a lad in uniform must prepare to change lovers pretty quickly, or her life will be but a sad one. Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated. The little cares, fears, tears, timid misgivings, sleepless fancies of I don't know how many days and nights, were forgotten under one moment's influence of that familiar, irresistible smile. The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. She lived in her past life- these relics and remembrances of dead affection were all that was left her in the world. When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day. If a man has committed wrong in life, I don't know any moralist more anxious to point his errors out to the world than his own relations... Perhaps all early love affairs ought to be strangled or drowned, like so many blind kittens. Vanity Fair is a very vain, wicked, foolish place, full of all sorts of humbugs and falsenesses and pretensions. Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be! Money has only a different value in the eyes of each. Let the man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim. Attacking is his only secret. Dare, and the world always yields: or, if it beat you sometimes, dare again, and it will succumb. A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible. She had not character enough to take to drinking, and moaned about, slip-shod and in curl-papers, all day. It was in the reign of George II. that the above-named personages lived and quarrelled ; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now I can't help always falling upon it, and cry out with particular loudness and wailing, and become especially melancholy, when I see a dead love tied to a live love. I have long gone about with a conviction on my mind that I had a work to do—a Work, if you like, with a great W; a Purpose to fulfil; ... a Great Social Evil to Discover and to Remedy. Here is a minute. It may be my love is dead, but here is a minute to kneel over the grave and pray by it. Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes the lead in the world? What a charming reconciler and peacemaker money us! At certain periods of life, we live years of emotion in a few weeks, and look back on those times as on great gaps between the old life and the new. Oh, be humble, my brother, in your prosperity! Whose virtue is a deficiency of temptation, whose success may be a chance, whose rank may be an ancestor's accident, whose prosperity is very likely a satire. You must not judge hastily or vulgarly of Snobs: to do so shows that you are yourself a Snob. Cheerfulness means a contented spirit, a pure heart, a kind and loving disposition; it means humility and ~ charity, a generous appreciation of others, and a modest opinion of self. Mark to yourself the gradual way in which you have been prepared for, and are now led by an irresistible necessity to enter upon your great labour. Time has dealt kindly with that stout officer, as it does ordinarily with men who have good stomachs and good tempers, and are not perplexed over much by fatigue of the brain. A gentleman sitting in spectacles before an old ledger, and writing down pitiful remembrances of his own condition, is a quaint and ridiculous object. ... nobody does anything for nothing. ... it is the ordinary lot of people to have no friends if they themselves care for nobody. Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness. I knew all along that the prize I had set my life on was not worth the winning. Your comedy and mine will have been played then, and we shall be removed ...to be skillful in domestic duties was surely one of the most charming of woman's qualities. ..the dark walks, so favourable to the interviews of young lovers And by these wonderful circumstances I was once more free again: and I kept my resolution then made, never to fall more into the hands of any recruiter, and henceforth and for ever to be a gentleman. [As they say in the old legends]Before a man goes to the devil himself, he sends plenty of other souls thither. Are not there little chapters in everybody’s life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history? He was always thinking of his brother's soul, or of the souls of those who differed with him in opinion: it is a sort of comfort which many of the serious give themselves. The stiff-backed prig, with his dandified airs and West End swagger. Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children; and here was one who was worshipping a stone! In a word, in adversity she was the best of comforters, in good fortune the most troublesome of friends...
Mother is God in the eyes of a child.
Lumea e o oglinda care ofera inapoi fiecaruia reflectia propriului chip. Daca te incrunti se incrunta si ea inapoi spre tine, daca razi devine si ea o companie vesela si placuta
His first and only love, whom he had adored ever since when? – ever since yesterday, ever since for ever.
Mr Moss's courtyard is railed in like a cage, lest the gentlemen who are boarding with him should take a fancy to escape from his hospitality.
Charming Alnaschar visions! It is the happy privilege of youth to construct you, and many a fanciful creature besides Rebecca Sharp has indulged in these delightful daydreams ere now!
They talked about each others’ houses, and characters, and families--just as the Joneses do about the Smiths. Oh, brother wearers of motley, are there not moments when one grows sick of grinning and trembling and the jingling of cap and bells?