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William Makepeace Thackeray
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"I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses. "
 
"How hard it is to make an Englishman acknowledge that he is happy!"
- Pendennis. Book ii. Chap. xxxi.
 
"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write."
 
"To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it -- who can say this is not greatness?"
 
"It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all."
- Pendennis (chapter VI)
 
"Fiddles sing all through them; wax lights, fine dresses,
fine jokes, fine plate, fine equipages glitter and sparkle;
never was such a brilliant, smirking Vanity Fair as that
through which he leads us."
 
"I think the Bishops who advised Queen Anne not to appoint the author of the Tale of a Tub to a Bishopric gave perfectly good advice."
 
"A life prosperous and beautiful, a calm death; an immense fame and affection afterwards for his happy and spotless name."
 
"[He is] the first ambassador whom the New World of letters sent to the Old."
 
"There is no writing against such power"
 
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