Everything united in her good understanding, correct opinions, knowledge of the world and a warm heart
There is nothing like employment, active indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow.
If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite at leisure.
. . . she had prejudices on the side of ancestry she had a value for rank and consequence, which blinded her a little to the faults of those who possessed them.
Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses . . .
. . . from politics, it was an easy step to silence.
They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future.
It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy-- it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
. . . provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.
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 beauty from her cradle can ever receive.
One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.
Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.
What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.
There are people, the more you do for them, the less they do for themselves.
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves it is the woman only who can make it a torment.
If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.
General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
One man's style must not be the rule of another's.
An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.