“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
“Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.
“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?
“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.
“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
“The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.
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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