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Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes (October 20, 1822March 22, 1896) was an English novelist, biographer and social reformer, best known as the author of Tom Brown's School Days and as the creator of Flashman.


  • Heaven, they say, protects children, sailors, and drunken men; and whatever answers to Heaven in the academical system protects freshmen.
  • Christ's whole life on earth was the assertion and example of true manliness — the setting forth in living act and word what man is meant to be, and how he should carry himself in this world of God — one long campaign in which the "temptation" stands out as the first great battle and victory.
    • The Manliness of Christ (1879), Part IV.
  • 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."
    • The Manliness of Christ (1879), Part VIII.
  • Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but, above all, the power of going out of one's self and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.
    • Quoted in Katherine Frances Jelf, George Edward Jelf: A Memoir (London: Skeffington & Son, 1909), p. 10.

Tom Brown's School Days (1857)[edit]

  • He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.
    • Part 2, ch. 1.
  • There isn't such a reasonable fellow in the world, to hear him talk. 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. And that's his idea of a compromise. Give me the Brown compromise when I'm on his side.
    • Part 2, ch. 2.
  • It's more than a game, it's an institution.
    • Part 2, ch. 7.

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