The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
There are few enough people with sufficient independence to see the weaknesses and follies of their contemporaries and remain themselves untouched by them.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.