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General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.

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.

Good-humored, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.

Grant us grace, Almighty Father, so to pray as to deserve to be heard.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.

How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.

How much I love every thing that is decided and open!

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

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.
[Human Nature]

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.

I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.

I am excessively fond of music, but without the smallest skill or right of judging of anybody's performance.

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man.

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