It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.
Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.
But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well!
I have little left in myself-- I must have you. The world may laugh- may call me absurd, selfish - but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.
Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agised as in that hour left my lips: for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.
Flirting is a woman's trade, one must keep in practice.
Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.
The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.
I would always rather be happy than dignified.
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitments, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it's expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it's perils.
It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you.
He was the first to recognise me, and to love what he saw.
It is not violence that best overcomes hate- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.
I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.
Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
I am paving hell with energy... I am laying down good intentions which I believe durable as flint.
Your will shall decide your destiny.
His mind was indeed my library, and whenever it was opened to me, I entered bliss.
I liked my name pronounced by your lips in a grateful, happy accent.
Beauty is in the eye of the gazer.
Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.
Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.
Friendship however is a plant which cannot be forced- true friendship is no gourd spring up in a night and withering in a day.
I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!
I could not help it: the restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes.
It is a pity that doing one's best does not always answer.
I believe in some blending of hope and sunshine sweetening the worst lots. I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep.
I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.
You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.
Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.
Look twice before you leap.
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity they must have action and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.
Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.