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Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
[Being]
 

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
 

We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of a man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.
 

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.
 

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
 

We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.
 

Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.
[Love]
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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
 

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
 

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!
 

When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other's ultimate comfort.
 

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.
[Decisions]
 

Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.
 

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
 

Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.
[Being]
 

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?
[Happiness]
 

Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.
 

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.
 

You have delighted us long enough.
 

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
 


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