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Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

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

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

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.

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.

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

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

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

An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

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

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.

No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

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

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

Nobody minds having what is too good for them.

To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.

If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

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.

General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

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

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.

Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.

Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.

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

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.

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

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.

One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.

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

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

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

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.

A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.

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

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

One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s.

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?

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

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.

From politics, it was an easy step to silence.

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

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