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Jane Porter Quotes

A Scottish novelist.
(1776 - 1850)

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A mob is a sort of bear; while your ring is through its nose, it will even dance under your cudgel; but should the ring slip, and you lose your hold, the brute will turn and rend you.

Beauty of form affects the mind, but then it must not be the mere shell that we admire, but the thought that this shell is only the beautiful case adjusted to the shape and value of a still more beautiful pearl within. - The perfection of outward loveliness is the soul shining through its crystalline covering.

Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.

Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.

Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.

He that easily believes rumors has the principle within him to augment rumors. - It is strange to see the ravenous appetite with which some devourers of character and happiness fix upon the sides of the innocent and unfortunate.

Humility is the Christian's greatest honor; and the higher men climb, the further they are from heaven.

I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another.

Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men's candles at our lamp without depriving ourselves of any flame.

In the career of female fame, there are few prizes to be obtained which can vie with the obscure state of a beloved wife, or a happy mother.

It depends on education to open the gates which lead to virtue or to vice, to happiness or to misery.

Life is a warfare; and he who easily desponds deserts a double duty - he betrays the noblest property of man, which is dauntless resolution; and he rejects the providence of that all-gracious Being who guides and rules the universe.

National antipathy is the basest, because the most illiberal and illiterate of all prejudices.

Nobility, without virtue, is a fine setting without a gem.

Our griefs, as well as our joys, owe their strongest colors to our imaginations. - There is nothing so grievous to be borne that pondering upon it will not make it heavier; and there is no pleasure so vivid that the animation of fancy cannot enliven it.

People do not always understand the motives of sublime conduct, and when they are astonished they are very apt to think they ought to be alarmed. The truth is none are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it.

Self-love leads men of narrow minds io measure all mankind by their own capacity.

The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us.

The chief glory of a country, says Johnson, arises from its authors. - But this is only when they are oracles of wisdom. - Unless they teach virtue they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.

The fruition of what is unlawful must be followed by remorse. The core sticks in the throat after the apple is eaten, and the sated appetite loathes the interdicted pleasure for which innocence was bartered.

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