The truest evidence of an inferior mind is to allow oneself to be persuaded away from one’s deepest convictions.
How is it that life can remain static, almost obstinately resistant to any change for years at a time, and then without warning become flooded with so much newness within the course of a few weeks?
Dear Anne, I can listen no longer in silence. Anne, you pierce my soul. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I am half agony, half hope. I know you are to marry Mr. Elliot, but I will never forgive myself if I do not tell you this. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan. But of course you have not seen this. How could you? Because your love has not lasted as long as mine. Anne, I have loved no one but you. And I don’t think I ever will. I have thought many times about how to tell you this, but the pain of a love unrequited rendered me silent. Tell me not that I am too late. My love for you has never faltered.
Your future wife will be perfectly capable of managing her own feelings. Don’t patronize her by deciding for her what worries she can and cannot endure.[to Frederick]
True reputation comes from honesty, integrity, compassion, acceptance of responsibility for the welfare of others.[to Sir Walter]
There’s nothing worse than thinking your life is ruined and then realizing you’ve got much, much further to fall.
Nobody tells you when you’re young that life keeps going. It keeps going whether you approve of the progression or not. And, eventually, you find yourself wondering, “How did I end up here?”
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Why must everyone always assume that all women want is to be chosen by any eligible bachelor?[to Mary]
We women do not forget you so soon as you forget us. Women love beyond all sensible limits. We cannot help ourselves.[to Captain Harville]