I’ve got to say that I did not think rereading Vanity Fair would reveal to me that Thackery was quite ahead of his time in his understanding of politics, human nature and… yes, vanity. Here’s the quote that caught my eye last night. Going on two hundred years later and it’s still fresh and relevant – especially in today’s America.
“One of the great conditions of anger and hatred is, that you must tell and believe lies against the hated object, in order, as we said, to be consistent.”
William Makepeace Thackery