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William Makepeace Thackeray

(1811-1863 / India)

William Makepeace Thackeray
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  • We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world.... It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-h...
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. "De Juventute," The Roundabout Papers (1863).
  • If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and rec...
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. "George the Third," The Four Georges (1855).
  • ''Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries!—what worthy man does not keep those in mind?''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Lovel the Widower, ch. 1 (1860).
  • ''Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Lovel the Widower, ch. 6 (1860).
  • Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbour is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper ex...
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. "On a Hundred Years Hence," The Roundabout Papers (1863).
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