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Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 6:19 AM EDT
Apr 24 2013

Anthony Trollope (April 24, 1815 – December 6, 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)

A bull in a china shop is not a useful animal, nor is he ornamental, but there can be no doubt of his energy.

A drunkard or a gambler may be weaned from his ways, but not a politician.

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

In political matters it is very hard for a man in office to be purer than his neighbors- and, when he is so, he becomes troublesome.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilized and free countries, than the necessity of listening to sermons.


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