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

— Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.


There is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes.


The conscience is the most flexible material in the world.

Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain.


The real truthfulness of all works of imagination, sculpture, painting, and written fiction, is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth


He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite.


Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose.


Men are valued, not for what they are, but for what they seem to be.


A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday.


A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry to a woman.


Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes.


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


Love has no thought of self! Love buys not with the ruthless usurer's gold The loathsome prostitution of a hand Without a heart! Love sacrifices all things To bless the thing it loves!


About Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Quotes 394 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday May 25, 1803

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh.


In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.


We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows.


Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it


Sharp is the kiss of the falcon's beak.


Archaeology is not only the hand maid of history, it is also the conservator of art.


Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.


As a general rule, people who flagrantly pretend to anything are the reverse of that which they pretend to. A man who sets up for a saint is sure to be a sinner; and a man who boasts that he is a sinner is sure to have some feeble, maudlin, snivelling bit of saintship about him which is enough to make him a humbug.


Master books, but do not let them master you.


Fate laughs at probabilities.


A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.


There is no man so friendless but that he can find a friend sincere enough to tell him disagreeable truths.


When you talk to the half-wise, twaddle;

when you talk to the ignorant, brag; when you talk to the sagacious, look very humble and ask their opinion.


Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.


The Italians have voices like peacocks - German gives me a cold in the head - and Russian is nothing but sneezing


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


Art employs method for the symmetrical formation of beauty, as science employs it for the logical exposition of truth; but the mechanical process is, in the last, ever kept visibly distinct, while in the first it escapes from sight amid the shows of color and the curves of grace.


Punctuality is a virtue, If you don't mind being lonely.


Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.


The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.


A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.


The classic literature is always modern.


Patience is the courage of the conqueror, the strength of man against destiny.


Revenge is a common passion; it is the sin of the uninstructed. The savage deems it noble;but the religion of Christ, which is the sublime civilizer, emphatically condemns it. Why? Because religion ever seeks to ennoble man; and nothing so debases him as revenge.


Expression is the mystery of beauty.


The secret of fashion is to surprise and never to disappoint.


When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.


Ambition has no rest.


It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.


The desire of excellence is the necessary attribute of those who excel.

We work little for a thing unless we wish for it.


Business dispatched is business well done, but business hurried is business ill done.


Let youth cherish sleep, the happiest of earthly boons, while yet it is at its command; for there cometh the day to all when "neither the voice of the lute nor the birds" shall bring back the sweet slumbers that fell on their young eyes as unbidden as the dews.


One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.


I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend.


The same refinement which brings us new pleasures exposes us to new pains.


Irony is to the high-bred what billingsgate is to the vulgar;

and when one gentleman thinks another gentleman an ass, he does not say it point-blank, he implies it in the politest terms he can invent.


Nothing ages like laziness.

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