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I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
 

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
 

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
[Able]
 

If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
 

In all the important preparations of the mind she was complete: being prepared for matrimony by an hatred of home, restraint, and tranquility; by the misery of disappointed affection, and contempt of the man she was to marry.
 

In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
 

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
 

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
 

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?
 

It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.
 

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.
 

Know your own happiness.
[Happiness]
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
 

Life is just a quick succession of busy nothings.
 

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
 

Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.
 

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
 

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.
 

My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.
 

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.
[Being]
 


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