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Whatever the number of a man's friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few, but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many


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EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Alas! must it ever be so?
Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own sh...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
If you are in doubt whether to write a letter or not, don't. And the advice applies to many doubts i...
EDWARD BULWER LYTTON
A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
There is but one philosophy and its name is fortitude! To bear is to conquer our fate.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,The pen is mightier than the sword.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middl...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those t...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, the...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning i...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extrac...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
The worst part of an eminent man's conversation is, nine times out of ten, to be found in that part ...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
He who esteems trifles for themselves is a trifler; he who esteems them for the conclusions to be dr...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
"Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manh...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
By degrees, the bitterness at my heart diffused itself to the circumference of the circle in which m...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feel...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over ...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Writers are the main landmarks of the past.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are ...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him ...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Patience is not active; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
There is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be re...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame --to have it is a purgatory, to wa...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Talent does what it can, Genius does what it must.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it w...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
When a man is not amused, he feels an involuntary contempt for those who are.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Archaeology is not only the hand maid of history, it is also the conservator of art.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many ...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energ...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Bu is a word that cools many a warm impulse, stifles many a kindly thought, puts a dead stop to many...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, an...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with t...
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.
EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON
When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
There is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be re...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
The same refinement which brings us new pleasures, exposes us to new pains.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
He who doth not smoke hath either known no great griefs, or refuseth himself the softest consolation...
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, FIRST BARON LYTTON
--To live On means not yours--be brave in silks and laces, Gallant in steeds; splendid in banq...
EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, FIRST BARON LYTTON
Sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckonin...
EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON, FIRST BARON LYTTON