There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.
A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.It is something to think of.
A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.
From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.
A single woman with a very narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid - the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman of good fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.
I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly: I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.
Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.
There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.
There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable If I have not an excellent library.
There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.
but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.
A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state. Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.
My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
Self-knowledge is the first step to maturity.
I am come, young ladies, in a very moralizing strain, to observe that our pleasures of this world are always to be for, and that we often purchase them at a great disadvantage, giving readi-monied actual happiness for a draft on the future, that may not be honoured.
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.
Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.
Look into your own heart because who looks outside, dreams, but who looks inside awakes.
Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.
Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another.
If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
You must be the best judge of your own happiness.