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A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
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.
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.
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.
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?
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.
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.
Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
Oh do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better we find comfort somewhere.