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Quote Left And I, Mr. Knightley, am equally stout in my confidence of its not doing them any harm. With all dear Emma's little faults, she is an excellent creature. Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? No, no; she has qualities which may be trusted; she will never lead any one really wrong; she will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times. Quote Right
Quote Left Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of. Quote Right
Quote Left A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. Quote Right
Quote Left Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion. Quote Right
Quote Left To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life, than a be... Quote Right
Quote Left Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educ... Quote Right
Quote Left It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made -- when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt -- it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more. Quote Right
Quote Left A woman should never be trusted with money. Quote Right
Quote Left A basin of nice smooth gruel, thin, but not too thin. Quote Right
Quote Left To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife. Quote Right
Quote Left An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done. Quote Right
Quote Left What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Mrs. Hall, of Sherborne, was brought to bed yesterday of a dead child, some weeks before she was expected, owing to a... Quote Right
Quote Left An artist cannot do anything slovenly. Quote Right
Quote Left The system -- the American one, at least -- is a vast and noble experiment. It has been polestar and exemplar for other nations. But from kindergarten until she graduates from college the girl is treated in it exactly like her brothers. She studies the same subjects, becomes proficient at the same sports. Oh, it is a magnificent lore she learns, education for the mind beyond anything Jane Austen or Saint Theresa or even Mrs. Pankhurst ever dreamed. It is truly Utopian. But Utopia was never meant to exist on this disheveled planet. Quote Right
Quote Left At my time of life opinions are tolerably fixed. It is not likely that I should now see or hear anything to change them. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of ths surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. Quote Right
Quote Left For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn? Quote Right
Quote Left For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn? Quote Right
Quote Left We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. Quote Right
Quote Left One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Quote Right
Quote Left Those who do not complain are never pitied. Quote Right
Quote Left It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Quote Right
Quote Left On his two younger sisters he then bestowed an equal portion of his fraternal tenderness, for he asked each of them how they did, and observed that they both looked very ugly. Quote Right
Quote Left One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes. Quote Right
Quote Left You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. Quote Right