Anthony Trollope Quotes


Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.

The apostle of Christianity and the infidel can meet without a chance of a quarrel; but it is never safe to bring together two men who differ about a saint or a surplice.

Fame is a skittish jade more fickle even than Fortune and apt to shy and bolt and plunge away on very trifling causes.

Here in England the welfare of the State depends on the conduct of our aristocracy.

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.

Then Lady Chiltern argued the matter on views directly opposite to those which she had put forward when discussing the matter with her husband.

This at least should be a rule through the letter-writing world: that no angry letter be posted till four-and-twenty hours will have elapsed since it was written.

I ain't a bit ashamed of anything.

But facts always convince and another man's opinion rarely convinces.

It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it it is a cradle filled annually.

Audacity in wooing is a great virtue but a man must measure even his virtues.

An author must be nothing if he do not love truth; a barrister must be nothing if he do.

Take away from English authors their copyrights and you would very soon take away from England her authors.

Equality would be a heaven if we could attain it.

Short accounts make long friends.

It is the necessary nature of a political party in this country to avoid as long as it can be avoided the consideration of any question which involves a great change.

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.

I have never walked down Fifth Avenue alone without thinking of money.

The grace and beauty of life will be clean gone when we all become useful men.

There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.

There is no happiness in love except at the end of an English novel.

Neither money nor position can atone to me for low birth.

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.

The good and the bad mix themselves so thoroughly in our thoughts even in our aspirations that we must look for excellence rather in overcoming evil than in freeing ourselves from its influence.

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.

The natural man will probably be manly. The affected man cannot be so.

Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.

It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.

He was one of those men who as in youth they are never very young so in age are they never very old.

When you have done the rashest thing in the world it is very pleasant to be told that no man of spirit could have acted otherwise.

I know no place at which an Englishman may drop down suddenly among a pleasanter circle of acquaintance or find himself with a more clever set of men than he can do at Boston.

There are some achievements which are never done in the presence of those who hear of them. Catching salmon is one and working all night is another.

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.

No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.

It is easy to love one's enemy when one is making fine speeches; but so difficult to do so in the actual everyday work of life.

A woman's life is not perfect or whole till she has added herself to a husband. Nor is a man's life perfect or whole till he has added to himself a wife.

Romance is very pretty in novels but the romance of a life is always a melancholy matter. They are most happy who have no story to tell.

Perhaps there is no position more perilous to a man's honesty thanthat?of knowing himselftobe quiteloved by a girl whom he almost loves himself.

I would recommend all men in choosing a profession to avoid any that may require an apology at every turn; either an apology or else a somewhat violent assertion of right.

No other American city is so intensely American as New York.

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.

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.

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.

Above all else never think you're not good enough.

When once a woman is married she should be regarded as having thrown off her allegiance to her own sex. She is sure to be treacherous at any rate in one direction.

There is no human bliss equal to twelve hours of work with only six hours in which to do it.

That I can read and be happy while I am reading is a great blessing.

What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa a book and a cup of coffee?...Was ever anything so civil?

Rights and rules which are bonds of iron to a little man are packthread to a giant.

Let no man boast himself that he has got through the perils of winter till at least the seventh of May.

People go on quarrelling and fancying this and that and thinking that the world is full of romance and poetry. When they get married they know better.

The best education is to be had at a price as well as the best broadcloth.

They are best dressed whose dress no one observes.

I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.

But the school in which good training is most practiced will as a rule turn out the best scholars.

In these days a man is nobody unless his biography is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.

Beware of creating tedium!

There is such a difference between life and theory.

When the little dog snarls the big dog does not connect the snarl with himself simply fancying that the little dog must be uncomfortable.

Heroes in books should be so much better than heroes got up for the world's common wear and tear

He possessed the rare merit of making a property of his time and not a burden.

When a man wants to write a book full of unassailable facts he always goes to the British Museum.

Book love... is your pass to the greatest the purest and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.

After money in the bank a grudge is the next best thing.

I do like a little romance... just a sniff as I call it of the rocks and valleys. Of course bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all if you haven't got that.

A novelist's characters must be with him as he lies down to sleep and as he wakes from his dreams. He must learn to hate them and to love them.

The best way to be thankful is to use the goods the gods provide you.

Since woman's rights have come up a young woman is better able to fight her own battle.

Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.

I have sometimes thought that there is no being so venomous so bloodthirsty as a professed philanthropist.

High rank and soft manners may not always belong to a true heart.

To oblige a friend by inflicting an injury on his enemy is often more easy than to confer a benefit on the friend himself.

It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary slow subversive of a man's interests and incompatible with quick onward movement.

A small daily task if it be really daily will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.

I am ready to obey as a child; :;but not being a child I think I ought to have a reason.

The happiest man is he who being above the troubles which money brings has his hands the fullest of work.

I have no ambition to surprise my reader. Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.

The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little - or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.

What man thinks of changing himself so as to suit his wife?

The persons whom you cannot care for in a novel because they are so bad are the very same that you so dearly love in your life because they are so good.

The double pleasure of pulling down an opponent and of raising oneself is the charm of a politician's life.

Upon the present occasion London was full of clergymen. The specially clerical clubs the Oxford and Cambridge the Old University and the Athenaeum were black with them.

I cannot hold with those who want to put down the insignificant chatter of the world

Of all needs a book has the chief need is to be readable.

The Church of England is the only church in the world that interferes neither with your politics nor your religion

If a cook can't make soup between two and seven she can't make it in a week.

The habit of writing clearly soon comes to the writer who is a severe critic to himself.

Men will love to the last but they love what is fresh and new. A woman's love can live on the recollection of the past and cling to what is old and ugly.

A man can't do what he likes with his coverts.

They who do not understand that a man may be brought to hope that which of all things is the most grievous to him have not observed with sufficient closeness the perversity of the human mind.

But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title.

As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.

A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.

Late hours nocturnal cigars and midnight drinkings pleasurable though they may be consume too quickly the free-flowing lamps of youth and are fatal at once to the husbanded candle-ends of age.

It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass; but the reader may be sure that it is always there.

As to that leisure evening of life I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.

There are some points on which no man can be contented to follow the advice of another - some subjects on which a man can consult his own conscience only.

I think I owe my life to cork soles.

An editor is bound to avoid the meshes of the law which are always infinitely more costly to companies or things or institutions than they are to individuals.

Those who have courage to love should have courage to suffer.

Men are cowards before women until they become tyrants.

When the ivy has found its tower when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper.

I am not fit to marry. I am often cross and I like my own way and I have a distaste for men.

The sober devil can hide his cloven hoof; but when the devil drinks he loses his cunning and grows honest.

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.

It's dogged as does it. It ain't thinking about it.

It's dogged as does it.

The idea of putting old Browborough into prison for conduct which habit had made second nature to a large proportion of the House was distressing to Members of Parliament generally.

Caveat emptor is the only motto going and the worst proverb that ever came from the dishonest stony-hearted Rome.

I don't like anybody or anything " said Lucinda. Yes you do;--you like horses to ride and dresses to wear.

Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.

Success is a poison that should only be taken late in life and then only in small doses.

I doubt whether any girl would be satisfied with her lover's mind if she knew the whole of it.

There is nothing more tyrannical than a strong popular feeling among a democratic people.

I doubt whether I ever read any description of scenery which gave me an idea of the place described.

Men who can succeed in deceiving no one else will succeed at last in deceiving themselves.

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.

When men think much they can rarely decide.

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.

But who ever yet was offered a secret and declined it?

Speeches easy to young speakers are generally very difficult to old listeners.

The end of a novel like the end of a children's dinner-party must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plums.

A man's love till it has been chastened and fastened by the feeling of duty which marriage brings with it is instigated mainly by the difficulty of pursuit.

Oxford is the most dangerous place to which a young man can be sent.

Your man with a thin skin a vehement ambition a scrupulous conscience and a sanguine desire for rapid improvement is never a happy and seldom a fortunate politician.

Things to be done offer themselves I suppose because they are in themselves desirable; not because it is desirable to have something to do.

It is self-evident that at sixty-five a man has done all that he is fit to do.

Easy reading requires hard writing

Satire though it may exaggerate the vice it lashes is not justified in creating it in order that it may be lashed.

Flirting I take to be the excitement of love without its reality and without its ordinary result in marriage.

He was essentially a truth-speaking man if only he know how to speak the truth.

Passionate love I take it rarely lasts long and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.

There are words which a man cannot resist from a woman even though he knows them to be false.

There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.

Success is the necessary misfortune of life but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.

It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise and the cause of all improvement.

Nothing reopens the springs of love so fully as absence and no absence so thoroughly as that which must needs be endless.

Power is so pleasant that men quickly learn to be greedy in the enjoyment of it and to flatter themselves that patriotism requires them to be imperious.

Never think that you're not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.

Never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.

For there is no folly so great as keeping one's sorrows hidden.

A fellow oughtn't to let his family property go to pieces.

Those who offend us are generally punished for the offence they give; but we so frequently miss the satisfaction of knowing that we are avenged !.

An enemy might at any time become a friend but while an enemy was an enemy he should be trodden on and persecuted.

A man will be generally very old and feeble before he forgets how much money he has in the funds.

It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can't fly away.

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.

It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.

He must have known me if he had seen me as he was wont to see me for he was in the habit of flogging me constantly. Perhaps he did not recognize me by my face.

Wine is valued for its price not its flavor.

Lord Chiltern recognizes the great happiness of having a grievance. It would be a pity that so great a blessing should be thrown away upon him.

The greatest mistake any man ever made is to suppose that the good things of the world are not worth the winning.

It is no good any longer to have any opinion upon anything.

I never knew a government yet that wanted to do anything.

To get away well is so very much! And to get away well is often so very difficult!

And though it is much to be a nobleman it is more to be a gentleman.

I believe journalism is coming to be regarded as quite a respectable occupation for gentlemen nowadays.

When it comes to money nobody should give up anything.

There's nothing like going on with a thing.

I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.

A husband is very much like a house or a horse.

Till we can become divine we must be content to be human lest in our hurry for change we sink to something lower.

The secrets of the world are very marvellous but they are not themselves half so wonderful as the way in which they become known to the world.

Of all hatreds that the world produces a wife's hatred for her husband when she does hate him is the strongest.

My sweetheart is to me more than a coined hemisphere.

A woman's weapon is her tongue.

Poverty to be picturesque should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.

Though they were Liberals they were not democrats; nor yet infidels.

When a man is ill nothing is so important to him as his own illness.

A man's own dinner is to himself so important that he cannot bring himself to believe that it is a matter utterly indifferent to anyone else.

One can only pour out of a jug that which is in it.

The girl can look forward to little else than the chance of having a good man for her husband; a good man or if her tastes lie in that direction a rich man.

It is very hard that necessity of listening to a man who says nothing

But mad people never die. That's a well-known fact. They've nothing to trouble them and they live for ever.

A pleasant letter I hold to be the pleasantest thing that this world has to give.

Life is so unlike theory.

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.

What is there that money will not do?

There is no road to wealth so easy and respectable as that of matrimony.

We can generally read a man's purpose towards us in his manner if his purposes are of much moment to us.

Words spoken cannot be recalled and many a man and many a woman who has spoken a word at once regretted are far too proud to express that regret.

Many people talk much and then very many people talk very much more.

Never mingle love and business.

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.

The man who worships mere wealth is a snob.

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.

When one wants to be natural of necessity one becomes the reverse of natural.

Cham is the only thing to screw one up when one is down a peg.

She was as one who in madness was resolute to throw herself from a precipice but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.

Barchester Towers has become one of those novels which do not die quite at once which live and are read for perhaps a quarter of a century.

If we wish ourselves to be high we should treat that which is over us as high.