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“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
Sense and Sensibility
“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.”
“Life seems but a quick succession
of busy nothings.”
“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other."
“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it."
Pride and Prejudice
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
"I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit.
What do you think on that subject?"
11 June 1799
"Here I am once more in this scene of dissipation and vice, and I begin already to find my morals corrupted."
From London ~ August 1796
"He and I should not in the least agree, of course, in our ideas of novels and heroines. Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked"
23 March 1817
"Next week I shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend."
27 October 1798