William Thackeray Quotes

Most popular William Thackeray Quotes

Bravery never goes out of fashion.

bravery courage

A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
— William Thackeray
A good laugh is sunshine in the house.

laughter

People hate as they love, unreasonably.

hate

To be thought rich is as good as to be rich.
— William Thackeray

wealth

He who meanly admires mean things is a snob.
Women like not only to conquer, but to be conquered.
— William Thackeray
The world is good natured to people who are good natured.
— William Thackeray
Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
— William Thackeray

marriage

Women are jealous of cigars... they regard them as a strong rival.
— William Thackeray

cigars Cigar

'Tis strange what a man may do and a woman yet think him an angel.
— William Thackeray
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
— William Thackeray

men and women

Next to the very young, I suspect the very old are the most selfish.

selfishness youth & age

Next to the very young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
— William Thackeray
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.

mother

A comfortable career of prosperity, if it does not make men honest, at least keeps them so.
— William Thackeray
Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.

humor cheer

It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.

love

If a man's character is to be abused, say what you will, there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

family

To see a young couple loving each other is no wonder; but to see an old couple loving each other is the best sight of all.

love youth & age

We can't all be lions in this world. There must be some lambs, harmless, kindly, gregarious creatures for eating and shearing.
— William Thackeray

society competition

The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it in turn will look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion.
— William Thackeray
The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.  Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.

laughter the world

Let us thank God for imparting to us, poor weak mortals, the inestimable blessing of vanity.  How many half-witted votaries of the arts—poets, painters, actors, musicians—live upon this food, and scarcely any other!

vanity