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Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
[Being]
 

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
 

That sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
[Happiness]
 

The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
 

The less said the better.
[Self Control]
 

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
 

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
 

There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.
 

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
 

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
 

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
[Happiness]
 

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 will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
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They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.
 

Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
 

Those who do not complain are never pitied.
 

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
 

To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
[Being]
 

To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.
 

To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
[Nature]
 


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