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My sore throats are always worse than anyone’s.
– Jane Austen
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s.
Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
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.
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.
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.
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.
A single woman with a very narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid – the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman of good fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.
A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who can do it, where there is no doubt of her regard, must, I think, be the happiest of mortals.
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
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.
The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.