“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.
“I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.
“Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.
“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
“In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
“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 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 do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
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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