Edward Bulwer-Lytton Quotes

The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

The poet, whether in prose or verse, the creator, can only stamp his images forcibly on the page, in proportion, as he has forcibly felt, ardently nursed, and long brooded over them.

Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword.

Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.

“All the passions,” says an old writer, “are such near neighbors, that if one of them is on fire the others should send for the buckets.” Thus love and hate being both passions, the one is never safe from the spark that sets the other ablaze.

Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality.

When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.

It is not by gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.