Where a man does his best with only moderate powers, he will have the advantage over negligent superiority.
Only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.
Topics: Authors & Writing, Fiction
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.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of someone or other of their daughters.
Topics: Fortune, Family, Men & Women
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
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.
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
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.
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient-at others so bewildered and weak-and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control!
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.
Grant us grace, Almighty Father, so to pray as to deserve to be heard.
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
That sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.
In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided among the sexes.
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?
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