William Makepeace Thackeray

(1811-1863 / India)

William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Lovel the Widower, ch. 6 (1860).
  • ''It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Pendennis, ch. 6 (1848-1850).
  • ''It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Book of Snobs, ch. 3 (1848).
  • ''It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Four Georges, "George the Third," (1855).
  • '''Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The History of Henry Esmond, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1852).
  • '''Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The History of Henry Esmond, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1852).
  • ''What money is better bestowed than that of a schoolboy's tip? How the kindness is recalled by the recipient in after days! It blesses him that gives and him that takes.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Newcomes, bk. 1, ch. 16 (1853-1855).
  • ''There is no good ... in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else.... The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Newcomes, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1855).
  • ''I would rather make my name than inherit it.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The Virginians, ch. 26 (1857-1859).

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Best Poem of William Makepeace Thackeray

King Canute

KING CANUTE was weary hearted; he had reigned for years a score,
Battling, struggling, pushing, fighting, killing much and robbing more;
And he thought upon his actions, walking by the wild sea-shore.

'Twixt the Chancellor and Bishop walked the King with steps sedate,
Chamberlains and grooms came after, silversticks and goldsticks great,
Chaplains, aides-de-camp, and pages,—all the officers of state.

Sliding after like his shadow, pausing when he chose to pause,
If a frown his face contracted, straight the courtiers dropped their jaws;
If to laugh the king was ...

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Little Billee

Air--"il y avait un petit navire."

There were three sailors of Bristol city
Who took a boat and went to sea.
But first with beef and captain's biscuits
And pickled pork they loaded she.

There was gorging Jack and guzzling Jimmy,
And the youngest he was little Billee.

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