+ Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often
is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish
+ Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong
to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen
that something is not a little disguised, or a
little mistaken; but where, as in this case, though
the conduct is mistaken, the feelings are not,
it may not be very material.
+ Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance
of humility. It is often only carelessness of
opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
+ Vanity and pride are different things, though
the words are often used synonymously. A person
may be proud without being vain. Pride relates
more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what
we would have others think of us.
+ I could not sit seriously down to write a serious
romance under any other motive than to save my
life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep
it up and never relax into laughing at myself
or at other people, I am sure I should be hung
before I had finished the first chapter.
+ Human nature is so well disposed towards those
who are in interesting situations, that a young
person, who either marries or dies, is sure to
be kindly spoken of.
+ There are people who the more you do for them,
the less they will do for themselves.
+ It is a truth universally acknowledged, that
a single man in possession of a good fortune,
must be in want of a wife.
+ I don't want people to be very agreeable, as
it saves me the trouble of liking them a great
+ A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps
from admiration to love, from love to matrimony,
in a moment.
+ The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has
not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably
+ I do not know whether it ought to be so, but
certainly silly things do cease to be silly if
they are done by sensible people in an impudent
way. Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly
is not always folly.