Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Words of Wisdom by Jane Austen:

Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction,
 and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. 

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. 

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. 

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. 

Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch   

One man's style must not be the rule of another's. 

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. 

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. 

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. 

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. 

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. 

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. 

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions. 

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. 

Those who do not complain are never pitied

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us. 

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken! 

o be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. 

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. 

1 comment:

  1. YES!

    "I do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly."

    "Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief."

    A couple more of my favs.