William Makepeace Thackeray Quotes

Who the Heck is William Makepeace Thackeray?

William Makepeace Thackeray was a British novelist and author known for 'Vanity Fair' and 'The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.' on which the movie 'Barry Lyndon' by Stanley Kubrick was based.

Born July 18, 1811
Died December 24, 1863

Books by William Makepeace Thackeray


Best 15 Quotes by William Makepeace Thackeray

“Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

“To love and win is the best thing.
To love and lose, the next best.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair Quotes

“A woman with fair opportunities, and without an absolute hump, may marry whom she likes.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“All is vanity, nothing is fair.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“Are not there little chapters in everybody's life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“If a man has committed wrong in life, I don't know any moralist more anxious to point his errors out to the world than his own relations.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

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

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“In the midst of friends, home, and kind parents, she was alone.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“It is the ordinary lot of people to have no friends if they themselves care for nobody.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair

“The greatest tyrants over women are women.”

William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair