An author must be nothing if he do not love truth; a barrister must be nothing if he do.— Anthony Trollope
The most passioned Anthony Trollope quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall, we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper.
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.
Fame is a skittish jade, more fickle even than Fortune, and apt to shy, and bolt, and plunge away on very trifling causes.
Above all else, never think you're not good enough.
What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?.
..Was ever anything so civil?
There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.
Late hours, nocturnal cigars, and midnight drinkings, pleasurable though they may be, consume too quickly the free-flowing lamps of youth, and are fatal at once to the husbanded candle-ends of age.
Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.
There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
There are some achievements which are never done in the presence of those who hear of them. Catching salmon is one, and working all night is another.
But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last.
Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title.
One can only pour out of a jug that which is in it.
In these days a man is nobody unless his biography is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.
She was as one who, in madness, was resolute to throw herself from a precipice, but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.
No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.
This at least should be a rule through the letter-writing world: that no angry letter be posted till four-and-twenty hours will have elapsed since it was written.
Dance with a girl three times, and if you like the light of her eye and the tone of voice with which she, breathless, answers your little questions about horseflesh and music about affairs masculine and feminine, then take the leap in the dark.
There was but one thing for him;- to persevere till he got her, or till he had finally lost her. And should the latter be his fate, as he began to fear that it would be, then, he would live, but live only, like a crippled man.
Of course, Lady Arabella could not suckle the young heir herself.
Ladies Arabella never can. They are gifted with the powers of being mothers, but not nursing mothers. Nature gives them bosoms for show, but not for use. So Lady Arabella had a wet-nurse.
I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
The law is a great thing,--because men are poor and weak, and bad.
And it is great, because where it exists in its strength, no tyrant can be above it. But between you and me there should be no mention of law as the guide of conduct. Speak to me of honour, and of duty, and of nobility; and tell me what they require of you.
A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.
Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
It is easy for most of us to keep our hands from picking and stealing when picking and stealing plainly lead to prison diet and prison garments. But when silks and satins come of it, and with the silks and satins general respect, the net result of honesty does not seem to be so secure.
It is a grand thing to rise in the world.
The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
I do like a little romance... just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you haven't got that.
Beware of creating tedium!
Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.
I doubt whether any girl would be satisfied with her lover's mind if she knew the whole of it.
The best way to be thankful is to use the goods the gods provide you.
Those who have courage to love should have courage to suffer.
The man who worships mere wealth is a snob.
After money in the bank, a grudge is the next best thing.
Above all else, never think you're not good enough.
There is no human bliss equal to twelve hours of work with only six hours in which to do it.
And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman.
Men are cowards before women until they become tyrants.
I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.
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
As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it.
I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.
Of all hatreds that the world produces, a wife's hatred for her husband, when she does hate him, is the strongest.
When once a woman is married she should be regarded as having thrown off her allegiance to her own sex. She is sure to be treacherous at any rate in one direction.
This habit of reading, I make bold to tell you, is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will support you when all other recreations are gone. It will last until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.
Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long, and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.
My sweetheart is to me more than a coined hemisphere.
Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
I have no ambition to surprise my reader.
Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.
Your man with a thin skin, a vehement ambition, a scrupulous conscience, and a sanguine desire for rapid improvement is never a happy, and seldom a fortunate politician.
I cannot hold with those who wish to put down the insignificant chatter of the world.