Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 – 13 September 1815), held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792–1864) was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher and was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.
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There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?
Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.
Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! -- what worthy man does not keep those in mind?
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.
Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! what worthy man does not keep those in mind?
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard... 'Tis the living up to it that's difficult.
People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.
There is no good in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else. The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.
What a charming reconciler and peacemaker money is!
It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
What money is better bestowed than that of a schoolboy's tip? How the kindness is recalled by the recipient in after days! It blesses him that gives and him that takes.
We can't all be lions in this world. There must be some lambs, harmless, kindly, gregarious creatures for eating and shearing.
Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.
So they pass away: friends, kindred, the dearest-loved, grown people, aged, infants. As we go on the down-hill journey, the mile-stones are grave-stones, and on each more and more names are written; unless haply you live beyond man's common age, when friends have dropped off, and, tottering, and feeble, and unpitied, you reach the terminus alone.
Never marry with the expectation of changing a person.
Tis misfortune that awakens ingenuity, or fortitude, or endurance, in hearts where these qualities had never come to life but for the circumstance which gave them a being.
He who meanly admires mean things is a Snob.
It is all very well for you, who have probably never seen any spiritual manifestations, to talk as you do; but if you had seen what I have witnessed you would hold a different opinion.
To be beautiful is enough! if a woman can do that well who should demand more from her? You don't want a rose to sing.
It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England.
Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbor is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat.
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
I never was much of an oyster eater, nor can I relish them 'in naturalibus' as some do, but require a quantity of sauces, lemons, cayenne peppers, bread and butter, and so forth, to render them palatable.
I will bring order from chaos and light from darkness.
If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and recollect that we, too, were very likely indolent and voluptuous, had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle?
We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world.
It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth -- all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!