Authentic Verified Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes You Can Use

Last Updated: October 16th, 2017

It was a dark and stormy night“. That well-known phrase was coined by English politician, poet, playwright and a successful novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.

He wrote in various genres, which include, historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction.

Authentic Verified Edward Bulwer-Lytton QuotesAmong Edward Bulwer-Lytton many novels are: “The Last Days of Pompeii“, “The Last Days of the Barons“, and “Pelham: or The Adventures of a Gentleman“.

Authentic Verified Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

Now, let’s take a closer look at my specially selected fully verified Edward George Bulwer-Lytton quotations:

 


Thought is valuable in proportion as it is generative.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, XIV On Essay Writing In General, And These Essays In Particular; p.153)

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“Three things are ever silent:Thought, Destiny, and the Grave. ”

(Harold: The Last of the Saxon King by The Right Hon.Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1874, Book X, The Sacrifice On The Altar, ch. 2; p.338)


“Anger vented often hurries toward forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, Essay XX On Self Control ; p.209)


“When a person’s down in the world, I think an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.”

(Night and Morning by Lytton (Edward Bulwer Lytton), Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1843; p.55)

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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.”

(The Works of Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton): Kenelm Chillingly: his adventures and opinion. Devereux. The disowned. This coming race by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, P.F. Collier; p.102)


“The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self.”

(The Disowned by Lytton (Edward Bulwer Lytton), B. Tauchnitz, 1842, ch. XLIV; p.239)

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“Common sense is only a modification of talent – genius is an exaltation of it: the difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.”

(The Works of Edward Lytton Bulwer, Esq. in Two Volumes, Volume 1 by Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, E. L. Carey and A. Hart, 1836, Pelham, ch. XXII ; p.43)

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“He who desires to influence others must learn to command himself.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, Essay XX On Self Control ; p.209)

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Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of power.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, Essay XVIII,  Faith And Charity, Or The Union, In Practical Life, Of Sincerity and Conciliation; p.194)

(You can also find this quote in:  Miscellaneous Prose Works, Volume 3, Miscellaneous Prose Works, Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, R. Bentley, 1868, XVIII. Faith And Charity, Or The Union, In Practical Life, Of Sincerity and Conciliation; p.213)


“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

(Richelieu, Or, The Conspiracy: A Play in Five Acts by Lord Lytton, Harper & Brothers, 1839, Act II, Sc. II; p.52)

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“The fewer blows, the better. Brave men fight if they must; wise men never fight if they can help it.”

(Pausanias, The Spartan, An Unfinished Historical Romance, by The Late Lord Lytton, Edited by His Son, George Routledge And Sons, 1876, Book II, ch. III; p.169)

(You can also find this quote in: The Works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Volume 6 of The Works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, P.F. Collier, 1892, Pausanias The Spartan; p.411)


“Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.”

(Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, In Three Volumes, Vol. I, Sauders & Otley, 1842, Book The Second, Art, Love, and Wonder, ch. VI; p.169)

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“There is no tongue that flatters like a lover’s; and yet, in the exaggeration of his feelings, flattery seems to him commonplace.”

(The Last Days of Pompeii Volume 14 of Collection of British authors by Edward George Bulwer Lytton, B. Tauchnitz, 1842, Book The Three, ch. IX, Storm in the South. The Witch’s Cavern; p.215)

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“In science, read, by preference, the newest works ; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, Hints on Mental Culture; p.110 )

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Patience is the courage of the conqueror, it is the virtue, par excellence, of Man against Destiny.”

(“My Novel” by Pisistratus Caxton, Varieties In English Life, George Routledge And Sons, 1853, Book Seven, Initial Chapter, Mr. Caxton Upon Courage And Patience; p.317)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume LXX, July – December, 1851, William Blackwood & Sons , 1851, September 1851, My Novel: or, Varieties in English Life – Part XIII, By Pisistratus Caxton, Book VII, Initial Ch.; p.276)

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“Man must be disappointed with the lesser things of life before he can comprehend the full value of the greater.”

(Zanoni by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, Book The Second, 1888, Book The Second, Art, Love, And Wonder, ch.II; p.50)

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“Never tell me of the pang of falsehood to the slandered: Nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.”

(Devereux: A Tale, Volume 1 by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart, J. B. Lippincott & Company, 1860, Book First, ch. III; p.30)

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“Self-confidence is not hope; it is the self-judgment of your own internal forces in their relation to the world without, which results from the failure of many hopes and the non-realization of many fears.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, Essay XV, The Sanguine Temperament; p.160)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume XCII, July-December 1862, William Blackwood & Sons, 1862, Oct. 1862, Caxtoniana: A series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners, No. XIV – The Sanguine Temperament; p. 412)


“Fate laughs at probabilities.”

(Eugene Aram A Tale by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Vol. I, William Blackwood And Sons, Book I, Ch. X, The Lovers — The Encounter And Quarrel Of The Rivals; p.123)

(You can also find this quote in: Eugene Aram: A Tale by Edward Bulwer Lytton, G. Routledge and sons, 1854, Book I, ch.X, The Lovers — The Encounter And Quarrel Of The Rivals; p.56)


“It is astonishing how little one feels poverty when one loves.”

(“My Novel Or Varieties In English Life by Pisistratus Caxton by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart.,Complete In Two Volumes, Vol. I, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1876, Book First, ch.XII; p.98)

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“Tis not by the grey of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.”

(The Parisians by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, In Two Volumes, Vol.II, George Routledge And Sons, Limited, Book VII, ch.VI; p.5 )

(You can also find this quote in: The Parisians by Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton, Complete In One Volume, J. B. Lippincott & Co.,1874, Book VII, ch.VI; p.149)


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

(Godolphin by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In One Volume, J.B. Lippincott Company, 1890, ch. LI; p.262)

(You can also find this quote in: Godolphin and Falkland by Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun., 1842, ch. LI; p.237)


“In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.”

(What Will He Do With It?, Two Volumes In One By Edward Bulwer Lytton, Dana Estes & Company Publishers, Vol. II, ch. XXI; p.136)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, July-December 1858, William Blackwood & Sons, 1858, Aug 1858, What Will He Do With It?, Part XV, ch. XXI; p. 233)


“Chance happens to all, ….but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton Bart., Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1864, Essay X, Hints on Mental Culture; p.113)

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“A fool… flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.”

(Pelham, Or, The Adventures of a Gentleman by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In One Volume, J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1883, ch.XII; p.76)

(You can also find this quote in: Pelham Or, Adventures Of A Gentleman by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Son, 1875, ch. XII; p.40)


“All the knowledge that we mortals can acquire is not knowledge positive and perfect, but knowledge comparative, and subject to the errors and passions of humanity.”

(“My Novel” by Pisistratus Caxton Or Varieties In English Life, George Routledge And Sons, 1853, Book Fourth, ch. XIX;p.194)

(You can also find this quote in: “My Novel” Or Varieties In English Life by Pisistratus Caxton By Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In Two Volume, Vol. I, J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1876, Book Fourth, ch. XIX; p.23)


Money is a terrible blab; she will betray the secrets of her owner, whatever he do to gag her. His virtues will creep out in her whisper; his vices she will cry aloud at the top of her tongue.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners Vol. I by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Cambridge University Press, 2011, Essay VII, On The Management of Money(Addressed Chiefly To The Young); p.82)

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“If I were to deliver up my whole self to the arbitrament of special pleaders, today I might be argued into an atheist, and tomorrow into a
pickpocket.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Harper & Brothers, 1864, Essay VII, On The Management of Money (Addressed Chiefly To The Young); p.65)

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“In belief lies the secret of all our valuable exertion.”

(The Lord Lytton Edition, Godolphin by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In One Volume, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1890, ch.XXXIII; p.260)

(You can also find this quote in: Lord Lytton’s Novels Knebworth Edition Vol. XVI., Godolphin by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1875, ch.XXXIII; p.186)


“Childhood and genius have the same master-organ in common inquisitiveness. Let childhood have its way, and as it began where genius begins, it may find what genius finds.”

(The Caxtons: A Family Picture by Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton), The Cassell Publishing Co., Part First, ch.IV; p.15)

(You can also find this quote in: The Caxtons: A Family Picture by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. MP, G. Routledge & Co., 1854, Part First, ch.IV; p.16)


“The heart loves repose and the soul contemplation, but the mind needs action.”

(A Strange Story by  Edward Bulwer Lytton, Dana Eset & Co., 1898, ch. LIX; p.839)

(You can also find this quote in: A Strange Story: And The Haunted And The Haunters by Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton), The Cassell Publishing Co., ch. LIX; p.287)


“Debt is to man what the serpent is to the bird ; its eye fascinates, its breath poisons, its coil crushes sinew and bone, its jaw is the pitiless grave.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Harper & Brothers, 1863, Essay VII, On The Management of Money (Addressed Chiefly To The Young); p.62)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume XCI, January – June, 1862, William Blackwood & Sons, 1862, May 1862, Caxtonia: A Series Of Essays On Life, Literature, And Manners, No.VI – On The Management Of Money (Addressed chiefly to the Young); p.586)


“The mind profits by the wreck of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.”

(Ernest Maltravers by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Routledge, Warne & Routledge, 1865, Book I, ch.XIV; p.41)

(You can also find this quote in: Ernest Maltravers; Or, The Eleusinia by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Part The First, Vol. I, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1866, Book I, ch.XIV; p.90)


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

(The Last Of The Barons by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton In Two Volumes, Vol. II, George Routledge And Sons, 1889, Book X, ch. VI; p.195)

(You can also find this quote in:  The Last Of The Barons by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., M.P., Chapman And Hall, 1853, Book The Tenth, ch. VI;  p.379)


“The truest eloquence is that which holds us too mute for applause.”

(The Parisians by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, In Two Volumes, Vol. II, George Routledge And Sons Limited, Book IX, ch.IV; p.112)

(You can also find this quote in: Bulwer Lytton’s novels, Volume 14, The Parisians by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton, George Routledge, Book IX, ch. 4; p.103)


“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.”

(What Will He Do With It by Pisistratus Caxton, A Novel by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In Two Volumes, Vol.II, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1868, Book Ninth, ch.III; p. 155 )

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, July – December, 1858, William Blackwood & Sons, 1858, Oct. 1858, What Will He Do With It? Part XVII by Pisistratus Caxton, ch.III; p.394)


“Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. It is the real allegory of the tale of Orpheus  —  it moves stones, and it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth, accomplishes no victories without it.

(The Last Days Of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer Lytton, In Three Volumes, Vol. I, Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1834, Book I, ch.VIII; p.145)

(You can also find this quote in: The Complete Works Of E. L. Bulwer, Volume VIII., Leipzig, Frederick Fleischer, 1835, The Last Days Of Pompeii by Edward Lytton Bulwer, Book I, ch. VIII; p.93)


“What love has most to dread in the wild heart of aspiring man , is not persons, but things,–is not things, but their symbols.”

(Harold The Last of The Saxon Kings By Edward Bulwer Lytton, Vol. II, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904, Book VIII,Fate, ch. III; p.9)

(You can also find this quote in: Harold The Last of The Saxon Kings by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge & Sons, 1874,  Book VIII, ch. III; p.265)


“If we could annihilate evil we should annihilate hope; and hope… is the avenue to faith.”

(“My Novel” by Pisistratus Or, Varieties In English Life, George Routledge & Sons., 1853, Book II, ch. XII; p.89)

(You can also find this quote in: “My Novel” by Pisistratus Or, Varieties In English Life, George Routledge & Co., 1854, Book II, ch. XII; p.89)


Life consists in the alternate process of learning and unlearning, but it is often wiser to unlearn than to learn.”

(Kenelm Chillingly His Adventures And Opinions by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1888, Book IV, ch.VII, p. 232)

(You can also find this quote in: Kenelm Chillingly His Adventures And Opinions by Lord Lytton (Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart.), Hovendon Co., Book IV, ch.VII, p. 250)


“Strike from mankind the principle of faith, and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1863, Essay XVIII, Faith And Charity, Or The Union, In Practical Life, Of Sincerity and Conciliation; p.189)

(You can also find this quote in: Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1864, Essay XVIII, Faith And Charity, Or The Union, In Practical Life, Of Sincerity and Conciliation; p.282)


“Fate, which is not the ruler but the servant of Providence, decides our choice of life, and rarely from outward circumstances.”

(The Parisians by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, In Two Volumes, Vol. II, George Routledge And Sons Limited, Book III, ch.II; p.150)

(You can also find this quote in: The Parisians, Volumes 1-2 by Edward Bulwer Lytton, Cambridge University Press, 1873, Book III, ch. II; p.133)


“There are many more fools in the world than there are knaves, otherwise the knaves could not exist.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1863, Essay XXV, On Some Authors In Whose Writings Knowledge Of The World Is Eminently Displayed; p.359)

(You can also find this quote in: Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, In Two Volumes, Vol.II, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1864, Essay XXV, On Some Authors In Whose Writings Knowledge Of The World Is Eminently Displayed; p.199)


“Heaven often veils its most provident mercy in what to man seems its sternest inflictions.”

(What Will He Do With It? by Pisistratus Caxton, A Novel by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In Two Volumes, Vol. II, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1868, Book VII, ch. XX; p.11)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume LXXXIV, July – December, 1858, William Blackwood & Sons, 1858, Aug. 1858, What Will He Do With It? Part XV by Pisistratus Caxton, ch.XX; p.232)


“It is an inevitable law that a man, in spite of himself, should live for something higher than his own happiness. He cannot live in himself or for himself, however egotistical he may try to be. Every desire he has links him with others.”

(The Caxtons A Family Picture by Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton), The Cassell Publishing Co., Part Sixth, ch.I; p.122)

(You can also find this quote in : The Caxtons by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (Lord Lytton), Simon and Schuster, 2013, Part VI, ch.I)


Happiness and virtue re-act upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.”

(The Student And Asmodeus At Large by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1875, On The Departure Of Youth; p.36)

(You can also find this quote in: Miscellaneous Prose Works by Edward Bulwer Lytton, In Four Volumes, Vol.III, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1868, Essays Written In Youth, III. On Departure Of Youth; p.38)


“To be happy… you must forget yourself. …Learn benevolence — it is the only cure to a morbid nature.”

(Godolphin A Novel In Three Volumes, Vol.III, Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1833, ch.XXII; p.226)

(You can also find this quote in: Godolphin and Falkland by Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton , Leipzig Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun., 1842, Godolphin, ch.LXIV; p.287)


“…If a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.”

(What Will He Do With It by Pisistratus Caxton A Novel by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In Two Volumes, Vol.I, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1868, Book Second, ch.XI; p.180)

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“Hope warps judgment in council, but quickens energy in action.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 3, Essay XV, The Sanguine Temperament; p.160)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume XCII, July – December, 1862, William Blackwood & Sons, 1862, Oct 1862, No. XIV – The Sanguine Temperament; p.412)


“It is not wisdom, but ignorance, which teaches men presumption; Genius may be sometimes arrogant, but nothing is so diffident as knowledge.”

(The Disowned by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Library Edition – In Two Volumes, Vol.I, William Blackwood And Sons, 1862, ch. LXII; p.165)

(You can also find this quote in: Collection Of British Authors Vol.XVI, The Disowned by Bulwer In One Volume, B. Tauchnitz, 1842, ch.LXIV; p.373)


“Nothing ages like laziness.”

(What Will He Do With It by Pisistratus Caxton A Novel by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Complete In Two Volumes, Vol.I, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1868, Book Second, ch.IX; p.173)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume LXXXII, July – December, 1857, William Blackwood & Sons, 1857, August 1857, What Will He Do With It? Part III, Book II, ch. IX; p.150)


“What men want is not talent ; it is purpose ; in other words, not the power to achieve, but the will to labor.”

(Lucretia: Or The Children Of Night by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Library Edition In Two Volumes, Vol.II, William Blackwood And Sons, 1863, ch.XII Sudden Celebrity And Patient Hope; p.116)

(You can also find this quote in: Lucretia: Or The Children Of Night by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., In Two Volumes, Vol.II, Leipzig, Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun, 1846, ch.XII, Sudden Celebrity And Patient Hope; p.84)


“The good man does good merely by living.”

(Kenelm Chillingly His Adventures And Opinions, By The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1888, Book VIII, ch. VIII; p.417)

(You can also find is quote: Kenelm Chillingly His Adventures And Opinions, By Lord Lytton (Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart.), Hovendon Company, Book VIII, ch. VIII; p.449)


“Innocence is but a poor substitute for experience.”

(The Student: A Series of Papers by Sir E. L. Bulwer, art. M.P. M.A., Saunders And Otley, Simpkin, Marshall, And Company, Bell and Bradfute And J. Cumming, 1840, The New Phaedo, Conversation The Third; p.113 )

(You can also find this quote in: Conversations With An Ambitious Student In Ill Health: With Other Pieces By Edward Bulwer Lytton, J & J Harper, 1832; p.51)


“Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1863, Essay VII, On The Management Of Money (Addressed Chiefly To The Young); p.62)

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“There are two lives to each of us, …the life of our actions, the life of our minds. History reveals men’s deeds and men’s outward characters, but not themselves. There is a secret self that hath its own life “rounded by a dream,” unpenetrated, unguessed.”

(The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Edward Bulwer Lytton, Saunders And Otley Conduit Street, ch. XXII, The Double Life – Trevylan’s Fate – Sorrow The Parent Of Niederlahnstein – Dreams; p.229)

(You can also find this quote in: The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Chapman And Hall, 1850, ch. XXII, The Double Life – Trevylan’s Fate – Sorrow The Parent Of Niederlahnstein – Dreams; p.116)


“We seldom contemn mankind till they have hurt us ; and when they have hurt us, we seldom do any thing but detest them for the injury.”

(Devereux A Tale by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Belford, Clarke & Company, 1890, Book III,ch.IV; p.186)

(You can also find this quote in: Devereux by Edward Bulwer Lytton, Leipzig, Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun., 1842, Book III, ch.IV; p.193)


“A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1863, Essay X, Hints On Mental Culture; p.103)

(You can also find this quote in: Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, In Two Volumes, Vol.I, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1864, Essay X, Hints On Mental Culture; p.144)


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

(“My Novel” by Pisistratus Caxton; Or, Varieties in English Life , George Routledge And Sons, 1853, Book Four, Comprising Mr. Caxton’s Opinions On The Matrimonial State, Supported By Learned Authorities, ch.XX; p.353)

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“Politics is the art of being wise for others. Policy is the art of being wise for oneself.”

(Devereux A Tale by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Belford, Clarke & Company, 1890, Book IV, ch.IV; p.238)

(You can also find this quote in: The Complete Works Of E. L. Bulwer, Leipzig, Frederick Fleischer, 1834, Devereux A Tale, Book IV, ch.IV; p.347)


“…book are waste paper, unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought.”

(Ernest Maltravers by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1889, Book I, ch.XV; p.52)

(You can also find this quote in: Ernest Maltravers Or The Eleusinia by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., In Two Volumes, Vol.I, William Blackwood And Sons, Book I, Ernest Maltravers; ch. XV p.113)


“Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes.”

(“My Novel” by Pisistratus Caxton; Or, Varieties in English Life , In Two Volumes, Vol. II, George Routledge And Sons, 1878, Book X, Upon This Fact-That The World Is Still Much The Same As It Always Has Been, ch.VII; p.197 )

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume LXXI, January-June, 1852, William Blackwood & Sons, 1852, March 1852, My Novel; Or, Varieties In English Life by Pisistratus Caxton, Part XIX, ch. VII; p.314)


“Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.”

(Zanoni by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, Book The Second, 1888, Book The Seventh, The Reign Of Terror, ch.XVI; p.322)

(You can also find this quote in: The Complete Works of E. L. Bulwer, Vol.XIX, Leipzig, Frederick Fleischer, 1842, Zanoni by Edward Lytton Bulwer, Book The Seventh, The Reign Of Terror, ch.XVI; p.518)


“It is astonishing how well men wear when they think of no one but themselves.”

(“My Novel” by Pisistratus Caxton; Or, Varieties in English Life , In Two Volumes, Vol. II, George Routledge And Sons, 1878, Book X, Upon This Fact-That The World Is Still Much The Same As It Always Has Been, ch.XXV; p.272)

(You can also find this quote in: “My Novel” Or, Varieties in English Life by Psisitratus, by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1852, Book X, Upon This Fact-That The World Is Still Much The Same As It Always Has Been, ch.XXV; p.281)


“In life, as in whist, hope nothing from the way cards may be dealt to you. Play the cards, whatever they be, to the best of your skill.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1863, Essay XV, The Sanguine Temperament; p.159)

(You can also find this quote in: Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart., In Two Volumes, Vol.I, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1864, Essay XV, The Sanguine Temperament; p.232)


“The main reason why silence is so efficacious an element of repute is, firstly, because of that magnification which proverbially belongs to the unknown ; and, secondly, because silence provokes no man’s envy, and wounds no man’s self-love.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, 1863, Essay V, On Intellectual Conduct As Distinct From Motal: “The Superior Man”; p.45)

(You can also find this quote in: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume XCI, January- June, 1862, William Blackwood & Sons, 1862, April 1862, Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners, Part III; p.392)


“Earnest men never think in vain though their thoughts may be errors.”

(The Caxtons A Family Picture by Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton), The Cassell Publishing Co., Part Fourth, ch.II; p.82)

(You can also find this quote in: The Caxtons: A Family Picture by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P., George Routledge & Co., 1855, Part Fourth, ch.II; p.65)


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

(The New Montly Magazine And Literary Journal, 1833, Part Of The Third, Published For Henry Colburn, By Richard Bentley; England And The English; p.209)


“People who are very vain are usually equally susceptible ; and they who feel one thing acutely, will so feel another.”

(The Disowned by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Library Edition – In Two Volumes, Vol.I, William Blackwood And Sons, 1862, ch. XX; p.167)

(You can also find this quote in: The Disowned by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart.,Complete In One Volume, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1875, ch.XX; p.165)


“Little minds give importance to the man who gives importance to nothing.”

(Night And Morning by Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton), The Cassell Publishing Co., Book.IV, ch.VII; p.312)

(You can also find this quote in: Night And Morning by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton,George Routledge And Sons, 1875, Book.IV, ch.VII; p.356)


“Repent! –  that is the idlest word in our language.”

(Collection Of British Authors Tauchnitz Edition, Vol. VII, Paul Clifford By Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., In One Volume, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitzch, 1842, ch. XVIII; p.209)

(You can also find this quote here.)


“There is no society, however free and democratic, where wealth will not create an aristocracy.”

(The Disowned by Sir Edward Lytton, Bart., Library Editions In Two Volumes, Vol.I, William Blackwood And Sons, 1862, ch. III;p.31-32)

(You can also find this quote in: Collection Of British Authors Vol.XVI, The Disowned By Bulwer In One Volume, The Disowned by Edward Lytton Bulwer, Leipig Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun, 1842, ch. III; p.22)


“The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.”

(Eugene Aram: A Tale by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Vol.I, William Blackwood And Sons, Book I, ch.VII; p.93)

(You can also find this quote in: Eugene Aram: A Tale by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., M.P., George Routledge & Co., 1854, Book I, ch. VII; p.43)


Success never needs an excuse.”

(Speeches Of Edward Lord Lytton With Some Of His Political Writings And A Prefatory Memoir By His Son, In Two Volumes, Vol.I, William Blackwood And Sons, XV. A Speech Delivered In The House Of Commons On The 15th Of May 1854, The Excise Duties; p.199)

(You can also find this quote here.)


“When you borrow on your character, it is your character that you leave in pawn.”

(Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Harper & Brothers Publishers, Franklin Square, Essay VII, On The Management Of Money (Addressed Chiefly To The Young); p.64)

(You can also find this quote in: Caxtoniana: A Series of Essays On Life, Literature, and Manners by Sir E. Bulwer Lytton, Bart, In Two Volumes, Vol.I, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1864, Essay VII, On The Management Of Money (Addressed Chiefly To The Young);p. 85)


“Man is arrogant in proportion to his ignorance.”

(Collection of British Authors Vol. XIII., Zanoni By Bulwer In One Volume, Leipzig Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun., 1842, Book The Fourth, ch. IV; p.213)

(You can also find this quote in: Zanoni By The Right Hon. Lord Lytton, George Routledge And Sons, 1888, Book The Fourth, ch. IV; p.177)


“A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.”

(The Disowned by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart, Library Edition InTwo Volumes, Vol. I, William Blackwood And Sons, ch. XXXIII, p.261)

(You can also find this quote in: The Works of Edward Lytton Bulwer, Esq. in Two Volumes, Volume 1 by Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, E. L. Carey and A. Hart, 1836, Bulwer Novels, The Disowned, ch. XXXIII; p.250)


“Rank is a great beautifier.”

(The Lady of Lyons; Or, Love and Pride, A Play in Five Acts by the Edward Bulwer Lytton, Chapman And Hall, 1853, Act II, Sc. I; p.28)

(You can also find this quote in: The Lady of Lyons; Or, Love and Pride, A Play in Five Acts by the Edward Bulwer Lytton, Saunders And Otley, 1839, Act II, Sc. I; p.28)


 

Reference: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazines