Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope
Anthony Trollope
  • Born: April 24, 1815
  • Died: December 6, 1882
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Novelist; Postal Worker









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… another man‘s opinion rarely convinces. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
A man's mind will very generally refuse to make itself up until it be driven and compelled by emergency. Human Nature
Certainly let the black man have the franchise on the same terms as the white man, but while a Kaffir may make as good a Prime Minister as Lord Beaconsfield, for at least the next hundred years we shall not choose to be ruled by him. Discrimination & Prejudice
Considering how much we are all given to discuss the characters of others, and discuss them often not in the strictest spirit of charity, it is singular how little we are inclined to think that others can speak ill-naturedly of us, and how angry and hurt we are when proof reaches us that they have done so. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Had some inscrutable decree of fate ordained and made it certain, with a certainty not to be disturbed, that no candidate could be returned to Parliament who would not assert the earth to be triangular, there would rise immediately a clamorous assertion of triangularity among political aspirants. The test would be innocent. Candidates have swallowed, and daily do swallow, many a worse one. As might be this doctrine of a great triangle, so is the doctrine of Home Rule. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He too, liked his party, and was fond of loyal men; but he had learned at last that all loyalty must be built on a basis of self-advantage. Patriotism may exist without it, but …loyalty in politics was simply devotion to the side which a man conceives to be his side, and which he cannot leave without danger to himself. Political Parties & Machines
Hundreds of half-naked girls work in the paper-mills, or in any other manufactory, for less than half the wages they would receive in service; but they think their equality is compromised by the latter, and nothing but the wish to obtain some particular article of finery will ever induce them to submit to it. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I doubt there is any true courage in squabbling for money. Business, Commerce & Finance
I doubt whether patriotism can stand the ware and tear and temptation of the front benches in the House of Commons. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
In political matters it is very hard for a man in office to be purer than his neighbours, — and, when he is so, he becomes troublesome. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It has now become the doctrine of a large class of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
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. Miscellaneous
It is out of nature that any man should think it good that his own order should be repressed, curtailed, and deprived of its power. If we go among cab-drivers or letter-carriers, among butlers or gamekeepers, among tailors or butchers, among farmers or grazers, among doctors or attorneys, we shall find in each set of men a conviction that the welfare of the community depends upon the firmness with which they, — especially they, — hold their own. Lobbying & Special Interests
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. Political Parties & Machines
Let a man be of what side he may in politics, — unless he be much more of a partisan than a patriot, — he will think it well that there should be some equity of division in the bestowal of crumbs of comfort. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
People seem to think that if a man is a Member of Parliament he may do what he pleases. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Power
Rights and rules, which are bonds of iron to a little man, are packthread to a giant. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Velvet and gilding do not make a throne, nor gold and jewels a scepter. It is a throne because the most exalted one sits there,—and a scepter because the most mighty one wields it. Flags & National Anthems
What is any public question but a conglomeration of private interests? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Who ever yet was offered a secret and declined it? Secrecy & Transparency
A fellow oughtn't to let his family property go to pieces. Families, Children & Parenting
A husband is very much like a house or a horse.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
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. Life
An author must be nothing if he do not love truth; a barrister must be nothing if he do. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman.
As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour. Life ;Respect ;Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Life
Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
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. Religion & God
Cham is the only thing to screw one up when one is down a peg.
Dance with a girl three times, and if you like the light of her eye and the tone of voice with which she, breathless, answers your little questions about horseflesh and music about affairs masculine and feminine, then take the leap in the dark. Music, Chants & Rapps
Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
High rank and soft manners may not always belong to a true heart.
I ain't a bit ashamed of anything.
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.
I do not know whether there be, as a rule, more vocal expression of the sentiment of love between a man and a woman, than there is between two thrushes. They whistle and call to each other, guided by instinct rather than by reason. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I doubt whether any girl would be satisfied with her lover's mind if she knew the whole of it.
I have no ambition to surprise my reader. Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.
I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.
I never knew a government yet that wanted to do anything. Government
I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
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. Morning
It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.
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.
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.
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.
It is necessary to get a lot of men together, for the show of the thing, otherwise the world will not believe. That is the meaning of committees. But the real work must always be done by one or two men. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is self-evident that at sixty-five a man has done all that he is fit to do.
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution. Power
Life is so unlike theory. Life
Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks. Power
My sweetheart is to me more than a coined hemisphere.
Neither money nor position can atone to me for low birth. Money, Coins & Minting
Never think that you're not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.
Oxford is the most dangerous place to which a young man can be sent.
Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long, and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
Since woman's rights have come up a young woman is better able to fight her own battle.
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early. Life ;Success
The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
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. Nature
The true picture of life as it is, if it could be adequately painted, would show men what they are, and how they might rise, not, indeed to perfection, but one step first, and then another on the ladder. Life
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.
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
There is no human bliss equal to twelve hours of work with only six hours in which to do it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no road to wealth so easy and respectable as that of matrimony.
There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
They are best dressed, whose dress no one observes.
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. Hope
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.
Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.
What is there that money will not do? Money, Coins & Minting
When a man is ill nothing is so important to him as his own illness.
When it comes to money nobody should give up anything. Money, Coins & Minting
When men think much, they can rarely decide.
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.
Wine is valued by its price, not its flavour.