Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

English dramatist, novelist, & politician (1803 - 1873)

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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.

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

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What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life.

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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.

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When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.

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Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. On earth conscience guides; in heaven God watches. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other.

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Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius.

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A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.

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Art and science have their meeting point in method.

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"Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

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He who esteems trifles for themselves is a trifler; he who esteems them for the conclusions to be drawn from them, or the advantage to which they can be put, is a philosopher.

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One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.

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

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