Quotations by Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George


Men never forgive those in whom there is nothing to pardon.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
“Thoughts” (30), Weeds and Wildflowers (1826)
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I do not necessarily conquer my anger because I do not show that I am angry. Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
Caxtoniana, ch. 20 “On Self-Control” (1862-1863)
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Emotion, whether of ridicule, anger, or sorrow, — whether raised at a puppet show, a funeral, or a battle, — is your grandest of levelers. The man who would be always superior should be always apathetic.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
Devereux, Book 2, ch. 1 (1829)
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Fate laughs at probabilities.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
Eugene Aram, Book I, ch. 10 (1832)
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Fine natures are like fine poems; a glance at the first two lines suffices for a guess into the beauty that waits you, if you read on.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
My Novel, or Varieties in English Life (1853)
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Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
Richelieu (1839)
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The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
The Disowned, ch. 42 (1828)
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“It is destiny” — phrase of the weak human heart; dark apology for every error. The strong and the virtuous admit no destiny.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
The Last of the Barons, 8.6 (1843)
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For I know not why we should delay our tokens of respect to those who deserve them, until the heart that our sympathy could have gladdened has ceased to beat. As men cannot read the epitaphs inscribed upon the marble that covers them, so the tombs that we erect to virtue often only prove our repentance that we neglected it when with us.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
Letter to F. T. Mappin (25 Sep 1855)
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Quoted in The Illustrated London News, Vol. 27 (6 Oct 1855)
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A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist and politician
Speech, House of Commons (1866)
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