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.
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid
A very short trial convinced her that a curricle was the prettiest equipage in the world.
It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire.
A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
There are people who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
Surprizes are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
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.
But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.
It is a lovely night, and they are much to be pitied who have not been taught to feel, in some degree, as you do; who have not, at least, been given a taste for Nature in early life. They lose a great deal.
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.
"I shall soon be rested," said Fanny; "to sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment."