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: Fiction, Authors & Writing
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.
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older – the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning.
It is indolence… Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
Topics: Churches, Religion
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.
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.
Topics: Pride, Vanity
Let us leave it to the reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans. Let us not desert one another; we are an injured body.
It is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one’s life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.
And I, Mr. Knightley, am equally stout in my confidence of its not doing them any harm. With all dear Emma’s little faults, she is an excellent creature. Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? No, no; she has qualities which may be trusted; she will never lead any one really wrong; she will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times.
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.
Everybody’s heart is open, you know, when they have recently escaped from severe pain, or are recovering the blessing of health.
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
Where a man does his best with only moderate powers, he will have the advantage over negligent superiority.
From politics it was an easy step to silence.
That sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
They are much to be pitied who have not been … given a taste for nature early in life.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made—when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt—it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.
Topics: Dance, Dancing
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
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!
In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided among the sexes.
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
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