Anthony Trollope

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Gentlemen lacking substantial sympathy with their leader found it to be comfortable to deceive themselves, and raise their hearts at the same time by the easy enthusiasm of noise.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Heart
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Heroes in books should be so much better than heroes got up for the world's common wear and tear
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Book
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To have her meals, and her daily walk, and her fill of novels, and to be left alone, was all that she asked of the gods.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Meals
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I have read - nay, I have bought! - Carlyle's 'Latter Day Pamphlets,' and look on my eight shillings as very much thrown away. To me it appears that the grain of sense is so smothered up in a sack of the sheerest trash, that the former is valueless....I look on him as a man who was always in danger of going mad in literature and who has now done so.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Men
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Nothing reopens the springs of love so fully as absence, and no absence so thoroughly as that which must needs be endless.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Spring
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The end of a novel, like the end of a children's dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plums.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Children
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When I sit down to write a novel I do not at all know, and I do not very much care, how it is to end.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Writing
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No one can depute authority. It comes too much from personal accidents, and too little from reason or law to be handed over to others.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Law
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But as the clerical pretensions are more exacting than all others, being put forward with an assertion that no answer is possible without breach of duty and sin, so are they more galling.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Answers
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I don't like anybody or anything," said Lucinda. Yes, you do;--you like horses to ride, and dresses to wear.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Horse
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The grace and beauty of life will be clean gone when we all become useful men.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Men
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On board ship there are many sources of joy of which the land knows nothing. You may flirt and dance at sixty; and if you are awkward in the turn of a valse, you may put it down to the motion of the ship. You need wear no gloves, and may drink your soda-and-brandy without being ashamed of it.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Travel
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That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing. Could I have remembered, as some men do, what I read, I should have been able to call myself an educated man. But that power I have never possessed. Something is always left--something dim and inaccurate--but still something sufficient to preserve the taste for more. I am inclined to think that it is so with most readers.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Reading
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When one wants to be natural, of necessity one becomes the reverse of natural.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Want
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In former days, when there were Whigs instead of Liberals, it was almost a rule of political life that all leading Whigs sould be uncles, brothers-in-law, or cousins to each other. This was pleasant and gave great consistency to the party; but the system has now gone out of vogue.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Cousin
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Would it not be better to go home and live at the family park all the year round, and hunt, and attend Quarter Sessions, and be able to declare morning and evening with a clear conscience that the country was going to the dogs? Such was the mental working of many a Conservative who supported Mr. Daubeny on this occasion.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Country
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A pleasant letter I hold to be the pleasantest thing that this world has to give.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Giving
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There was but one thing for him;- to persevere till he got her, or till he had finally lost her. And should the latter be his fate, as he began to fear that it would be, then, he would live, but live only, like a crippled man.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Fate
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But she knew this,—that it was necessary for her happiness that she should devote herself to some one. All the elegancies and outward charms of life were delightful, if only they could be used as the means to some end. As an end themselves they were nothing.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Mean
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Though they were Liberals they were not democrats; nor yet infidels.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Democrat
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The bucolic mind of East Barsetshire took warm delight in the eloquence of the eminent personage who represented them, but was wont to extract more actual enjoyment from the music of his periods than from the strength of his arguments.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Mind
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A man will be generally very old and feeble before he forgets how much money he has in the funds.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Money
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Then Lady Chiltern argued the matter on views directly opposite to those which she had put forward when discussing the matter with her husband.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Husband
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You men find so many angels in your travels. You have been honester than some. You have generally been off with the old angel before you were with the new, as far at least as I knew.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Angel
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We can generally read a man's purpose towards us in his manner, if his purposes are of much moment to us.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Men
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No living orator would convince a grocer that coffee should be sold without chicory; and no amount of eloquence will make an English lawyer think that loyalty to truth should come before loyalty to his client.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Loyalty
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It's dogged as does it.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Perseverance
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Credit is a matter so subtle in its essence, that, as it may be obtained almost without reason, so, without reason, may it be made to melt away.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Essence
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Any one prominent in affairs can always see when a man may steal a horse and when a man may not look over a hedge.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Horse
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Men who cannot believe in the mystery of our Saviour's redemption can believe that spirits from the dead have visited them in a stranger's parlour, because they see a table shake and do not know how it is shaken; because they hear a rapping on a board, and cannot see the instrument that raps it; because they are touched in the dark, and do not know the hand that touches them.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Believe
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Ride at any fence hard enough, and the chances are you'll get over. The harder you ride the heavier the fall, if you get a fall; but the greater the chance of your getting over.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Fall
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It is easy for most of us to keep our hands from picking and stealing when picking and stealing plainly lead to prison diet and prison garments. But when silks and satins come of it, and with the silks and satins general respect, the net result of honesty does not seem to be so secure.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Honesty
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Fame is a skittish jade, more fickle even than Fortune, and apt to shy, and bolt, and plunge away on very trifling causes.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Shy
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One doesn't have an agreement to that effect written down on parchment and sealed; but it is as well understood and ought to be as faithfully kept as any legal contract.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Agreement
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A farmer's horse is never lame, never unfit to go. Never throws out curbs, never breaks down before or behind. Like his master he is never showy. He does not paw and prance, and arch his neck, and bid the world admire his beauties...and when he is wanted, he can always do his work.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Horse
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Of Dickens' style it is impossible to speak in praise. It is jerky, ungrammatical, and created by himself in defiance of rules... No young novelist should ever dare to imitate the style of Dickens.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Style
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People seen by the mind are exactly different to things seen by the eye. They grow smaller and smaller as you come nearer down to them, whereas things become bigger.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Eye
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My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Book
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But the school in which good training is most practiced will, as a rule, turn out the best scholars.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: School
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Men and not measures are, no doubt, the very life of politics. But then it is not the fashion to say so in public places.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Fashion
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The mind of the thinker and the student is driven to admit, though it be awe-struck by apparent injustice, that this inequality is the work of God. Make all men equal to-day, and God has so created them that they shall be all unequal to-morrow.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Equality
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But as we do not light up our houses with our brightest lamps for all comers, so neither did she emit from her eyes their brightest sparks till special occasions for such shining had arisen.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Eye
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I cannot hold with those who wish to put down the insignificant chatter of the world.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Life And Love
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Wine is valued for its price, not its flavor.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Wine
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A man who is supposed to have caused a disturbance between two married people, in a certain rank of life, does generally receive a certain meed of admiration.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Men
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No other American city is so intensely American as New York.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: New York
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Success is a poison that should only be taken late in life and then only in small doses.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Taken
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A physician should take his fee without letting his left hand know what his right is doing; it should be taken without a thought, without a look, without a move of the facial muscles; the true physician should hardly be aware that the last friendly grasp of the hand has been made more precious by the touch of gold
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Moving
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It is very difficult to say nowadays where the suburbs of London come to an end and where the country begins. The railways, instead of enabling Londoners to live in the country have turned the countryside into a city.
- Anthony Trollope
Collection: Country