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 George BulwerLytton
The most delicious Edward George BulwerLytton quotes that will add value to your life
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.
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman.
We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows.
In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
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.
It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
The easiest person to deceive is one's own self.
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,The pen is mightier than the sword.
In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.
What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.
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.
Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.
Two lives that once part are as ships that divide.
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.
We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feels is unjust chill the ardor to excel.
No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
There is but one philosophy and its name is fortitude! To bear is to conquer our fate.
What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.
Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.
Common sense is only a modification of talent.
Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
Patience is not active; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.
Happiness and virtue rest upon each other;
the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.
The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion.
Writers are the main landmarks of the past.
Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
Youth, with swift feet, walks onward in the way; the land of joy lies all before his eyes.
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.
Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.
That man is great, and he alone,Who serves a greatness not his own,For neither praise nor pelf:Content to know and be unknown:Whole in himself.
When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and behold! the next day it is as healthy as ever.