Quotations by Thackeray, William Makepeace


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

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
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Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
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Life is the soul’s nursery — its training place for the destinies of eternity.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
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I have been surprised at the observations made by some of my characters. It seems as if an occult Power was moving the pen. The personage does or says something, and I ask, how the dickens did he come to think of that? 

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
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In A. Storr, Solitude: A Return to the Self, ch. 12 (1988)
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Whatever you are, be a good one.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
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Attributed in Laurence Hutton, "A Boy I Knew," St Nicholas Magazine (Mar 1897), where it was originally given as "Whatever you are, try to be a good one." Often attributed to Abraham Lincoln (first recorded in 1946). For more information, see here.
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Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
Sketches and Travels in London, “On Tailoring — and Toilets in General” (1856)
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Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.

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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
Sketches and Travels in London, “On Tailoring — and Toilets in General” (1856)
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‘Tis not the dying for a faith that so hard, Master Harry — ’tis the living up to it that is difficult.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) English novelist
The History of Henry Esmond, 1.6 (1852)
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