William Makepeace Thackeray

(1811-1863 / India)

William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

  • ''Whenever he met a great man he grovelled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Vanity Fair, ch. 13 (1848). Referring to Mr. Osborne.
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  • ''Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.''
    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Vanity Fair, ch. 67 (1848).

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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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The Cane-Bottom'D Chair

In tattered old slippers that toast at the bars,
And a ragged old jacket perfumed with cigars,
Away from the world, and its toils and its cares,
I've a snug little kingdom up four pair of stairs.

To mount to this realm is a toil, to be sure,
But the fire there is bright and the air rather pure;
And the view I behold on a sunshiny day
Is grand through the chimney-pots over the way.

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