William Makepeace Thackeray quote about doubt from Vanity Fair - Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes the lead in the world?
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Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes the lead in the world?
 William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847). copy citation

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“He firmly believed that everything he did was right, that he ought on all occasions to have his own way—and like the sting of a wasp or serpent his hatred rushed out armed and poisonous against anything like opposition. He was proud of his hatred as of everything else. Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes the lead in the world?
As after the drive to Waterloo, Mr. Osborne's carriage was nearing the gates of the city at sunset, they met another open barouche, in which were a couple of ladies and a gentleman, and by the side of which an officer was riding.” source

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