“The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
“But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
“One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
“Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.
“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.
“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.
“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?
“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.
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
“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
English novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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