Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

Most popular Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

Fate laughs at probabilities.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton


The pen is mightier than the sword.

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Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton Zanoni


A good man does good merely by living.
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Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.


Nature's loving proxy, the watchful mother.


'Tis at sixty a man learns how to value home.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Castles in the air cost a vast deal to keep up.
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common sense

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
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genius talent talent & genius

One vice worn out makes us wiser than fifty tutors.


Reading without purpose is sauntering, not exercise.


A fool flatters himself—a wise man flatters the fool.


Fate is not the ruler, but the servant of Providence.
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A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.
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heart head and heart

Love sacrifices all things to bless the thing it loves.
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Great men gain doubly when they make foes their friends.
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Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets!


A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour.


There's no weapon that slays its victim so surely as praise.
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The public man needs but one patron, namely, the lucky moment.
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How a little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him.
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praise persuasion

The truest eloquence is that which holds us too mute for applause.


Earnest men never think in vain though their thoughts may be errors.
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If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.
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We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.
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A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry to a woman.

men and women cigars

A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
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Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.
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A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman.

cigars smoking

Invention is nothing more than a fine deviation from, or enlargement on a fine model.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton
When a man is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
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helping others

Nothing is so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth!

vanity truth

When a person's down in the world, I think an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.


When we look back upon human records, how the eye settles upon writers as the main landmarks of the past.


Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame — to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a hell.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton


It seems to me that the coming of love is like the coming of spring; the date is not to be reckoned by the calendar.


In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.
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literature science

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach themselves.
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for teachers teaching

The worst part of an eminent man's conversation is, nine times out of ten, to be found in that part which he means to be clever.
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Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
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genius talent common sense

How many of us have been incited to reason, have first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.


Youth, beauty, pomp, what are these, in point of attraction, to a woman's heart, when compared to eloquence?  The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.

tongue eloquence

Every street has two sides, the shady side and the sunny. When two men shake hands and part, mark which of the two takes the sunny side; he will be the younger man of the two.

youth & age

It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that Vice can obtain a lodging.  When she knocks at your door, my son, be able to say, "No room for your ladyship—pass on."


Philosophers have done wisely when they have told us to cultivate our reason rather than our feelings, for reason reconciles us to daily things of existence; our feelings teach us to yearn after the far, the difficult, the unseen.
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