How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
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?
But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach.
If there is anything disagreeable going on men are always sure to get out of it.
Each found her greatest safety in silence .
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.
Shall I ask you how the church is to be filled, if a man is neither to take orders with a living, nor without?
Well, evil to some is always good to others.
I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life.
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Every savage can dance.
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
And pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked.
She had no resources for solitude .
Trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now.
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
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.
Blessed with so many resources within myself the world was not necessary to me. I could do very well without it.
A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
My idea of good company.. is the company of clever, well-informed people. who have a great deal of conversation.
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!