“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
“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?
“Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.
“Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
“I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
“One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
“Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
“Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.
“I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.
English novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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