The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little — or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.
Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks.
It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.
Never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.
I judge a man by his actions with men, much more than by his declarations Godwards — When I find him to be envious, carping, spiteful, hating the successes of others, and complaining that the world has never done enough for him, I am apt to doubt whether his humility before God will atone for his want of manliness.
And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.
No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.
Don’t let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.
This habit of reading … is your pass to the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for his creatures. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.
Topics: Books, Reading
- William Makepeace Thackeray English Novelist
- George Gissing English Novelist
- Evelyn Waugh English Novelist, Humorist
- Samuel Richardson English Novelist, Printer
- Jane Austen English Novelist
- Jeanette Winterson English Novelist, Journalist
- Margaret Drabble English Novelist, Biographer
- Dinah Craik English Novelist
- Henry Fielding English Novelist
- John Lyly English Dramatist, Novelist