Thomas Hughes

Thomas
Hughes
1822
1896

English Author, known best for "Tom Brown's School Days"

Author Quotes

One's own—what a charm there is in the words! how long it takes boy and man to find out their worth! how fast most of us hold on to them! faster and more jealously, the nearer we are to the general home into which we can take nothing, but must go naked as we came into the world. When shall we learn that he who multiplieth possessions, multiplieth troubles, and that the one single use of things which we call our own, is that they may be his who hath need of them?

Plays and romances sell as well as books of devotion, but with this difference,--more people read the former than buy them, and more buy the latter than read them.

Remember there's always a voice saying the right thing to you somewhere if you'll only listen for it

So bear in mind that majorities, especially respectable ones, are nine times out of ten in the wrong; and that if you see man or boy striving earnestly on the weak side, however wrong-headed or blundering he may be, you are not to go and join the cry against him. If you can't join him and help him, and make him wiser, at any rate remember that he has found something in the world which he will fight and suffer for.

Stolen kisses are always sweeter.

A divine ought to calculate his sermons as an astrologer does his almanac--to the meridian of the place and people where he lives.

The Browns have become illustrious by the pen of Thackeray and the pencil of Doyle, within the memory of the young gentlemen who are now matriculating at the Universities.

A fop who admires his person in a glass soon enters into a resolution of making his fortune by it, not questioning that every woman who falls in his way will do him as much justice as himself.

The only instance of a despairing sinner left upon record in the New Testament is that of a treacherous and greedy Judas} Covetousness, like jealousy, when it has ones taken root, never leaves a man but with his life.

Be ever engaged, so that whenever the devil calls he may find you occupied.

The surest way of governing, both in a private family and a kingdom, is for a husband and a prince sometimes to drop their prerogative.

Establishing friendships include many capabilities, especially for unselfish and to appreciate the greatness of the soul as well as the attractiveness of others.

There isn’t such a reasonable fellow in the world, to hear him talk. He Tom Brown never wants anything but what’s right and fair; only when you come to settle what’s right and fair, its everything he wants, and nothing that you want. And that’s his idea of a compromise.

From behind the shadow of the still small voice--more awful than tempest or earthquake--more sure and persistent than day and night--is always sounding full of hope and strength to the weariest of us all, Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

To be read by bare inscriptions, like many in Gruter,--to hope for eternity by enigmatical epithets or first letters of our names--to be studied by antiquarians who we were, and have new names given us like many of the mummies, are cold consolation unto the students of perpetuity, even by everlasting languages.

Gaming finds a man a cully, and leaves him a knave.

To hear is to heed.

He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. Thomas Hughes Fav

To-morrow cheats us all. Why dost thou stay, and leave undone what should be done to-day? Begin--the present minute's in thy power; but still t' adjourn, and wait a fitter hour, is like the clown, who at some river's side expecting stands, in hopes the running tide will all ere long be past.-- Fool! not to know it still has flow'd the same, and will forever flow.

It may be remarked for the comfort of honest poverty that avarice reigns most in those who have but few good qualities to recommend them. This is a weed that will grow in a barren soil.

War with vices, but peace with individuals.

Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.

We all have to learn, in one way or another, that neither men nor boys get second chances in this world. We all get new chances to the end of our lives, but not second chances in the same set of circumstances; and the great difference between one person and another is how he takes hold and uses his first chance, and how he takes his fall if it is scored against him.

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward.

What is got over the devil's back is spent under his belly.

Author Picture
First Name
Thomas
Last Name
Hughes
Birth Date
1822
Death Date
1896
Bio

English Author, known best for "Tom Brown's School Days"