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I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.
Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left.
There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison
An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous.
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.
Time will explain.
A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.
I frequently observe that one pretty face would be followed by five and thirty frights.
It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering.
...I will not allow books to prove any thing.""But how shall we prove any thing?""We never shall.
Till it does come, you know, we women never mean to have anybody. It is a thing of course among us, that every man is refused, till he offers.
There had been moments when she felt he had almost forgiven her. She would always remember those moments.
…she had no resources for solitude…
Alas! with all her reasoning, she found, that to retentive feelings eight years may be little more than nothing.
They all went indoors with their new friends, and found rooms so small as none but those who invite from the heart could think capable of accommodating so many.
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.
But I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.
She had received ideas which disposed her to be courteous and kind to all, and to pity every one, as being less happy than herself.
…one half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half…
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.
Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.