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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

There is hardly any personal defect which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife

Well! Evil to some is always good to others.

It is only poverty that makes celibacy contemptible. A single woman of good fortune is always respectable.

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

The enthusiasm of a woman`s love is even beyond the biographer`s.

In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.

Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.

Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.

(when asked why her heroines always flawed) Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked.

(her last words, when asked by her sister Cassandra if there was anything she wanted) Nothing, but death.

Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.

To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient--at others, so bewildered and so weak--and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are to be sure a miracle every way--but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting, do seem peculiarly past finding out.

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

One cannot fix one`s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.

How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman`s feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.

Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

No one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with.

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.... Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.

I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man.


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