“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
“I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient at others, so bewildered and so weak and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control We are, to be sure, a miracle every way but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
“We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.
“Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
“I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.
“The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
“There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry . It is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.
English novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
“You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.
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