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By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

While all the pomp and circumstance of war animated others, it only saddened me; and all of past reflection, all of future dread, made the whole grandeur of the martial scene, and all the delusive seduction of martial music, fill my eyes frequently with tears.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily, must surely be more beneficial to mankind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

an old woman ... is a person who has no sense of decency; if once she takes to living, the devil himself can't get rid of her.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

The mind is but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded to dissipation

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To save the mind from preying inwardly upon itself, it must be encouraged to some outward pursuit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

In England, I was quite struck to see how forward the girls are made--a child of 10 years old, will chat and keep you company, while her parents are busy or out etc.--with the ease of a woman of 26. But then, how does this education go on?--Not at all: it absolutely stops short.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

When young people are too rigidly sequestered from [the world], their lively and romantic imaginations paint it to them as a paradise of which they have been beguiled; but when they are shown it properly, and in due time, they see it such as it really is, equally shared by pain and pleasure, hope and disappointment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I love and honour [Paulus Aemilius, in Plutarch's Lives], for his fondness for his children, which instead of blushing at, he avows and glories in: and that at an age, when almost all the heros and great men thought that to make their children and family a secondary concern, was the first proof of their superiority and greatness of soul.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I looked about for some of my acquaintance, but in vain, for I saw not one person that I knew, which is very odd, for all the world seemed there.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

the mind naturally accommodates itself, even to the most ridiculous improprieties, if they occur frequently.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

Money is the source of the greatest vice, and that nation which is most rich, is most wicked.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

But alas, my dear child, we are the slaves of custom, the dupes of prejudice, and dare not stem the torrent of the opposing world, even though our judgments condemn our compliance! However, since the die is cast, we must endeavor to make the best of it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I am too inexperienced and ignorant to conduct myself with propriety in this town, where every thing is new to me, and many things are unaccountable and perplexing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

Nothing is so delicate as the reputation of a woman; it is at once the most beautiful and most brittle of all human things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

How little has situation to do with happiness. The happy individual uses their intelligence to realise things could be worse and therefore is grateful and happy. The unhappy individual does the opposite!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I cannot sleep - great joy is as restless as sorrow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

But how cool, how quiet is true courage!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

The laws of custom make our [returning a visit] necessary. O how I hate this vile custom which obliges us to make slaves of ourselves! to sell the most precious property we boast, our time;--and to sacrifice it to every prattling impertinent who chooses to demand it!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

But if the young are never tired of erring in conduct, neither are the older in erring of judgment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

For my part, I confess I seldom listen to the players: one has so much to do, in looking about and finding out one's acquaintance, that, really, one has no time to mind the stage. One merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

No man is in love when he marries. He may have loved before; I have even heard he has sometimes loved after: but at the time never. There is something in the formalities of the matrimonial preparations that drive away all the little cupidons.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To whom, then, must I dedicate my wonderful, surprising and interesting adventures? to whom dare I reveal my private opinion of my nearest relations? the secret thoughts of my dearest friends? my own hopes, fears, reflections and dislikes? Nobody!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To a heart formed for friendship and affection the charms of solitude are very short-lived.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

... there's nothing but quarreling with the women; it's my belief they like it better than victuals and drink.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

such is the effect of true politeness, that it banishes all restraint and embarassment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

We continually say things to support an opinion, which we have given, that in reality we don't above half mean.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

I wish the opera was every night. It is, of all entertainments, the sweetest and most delightful. Some of the songs seemed to melt my very soul.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

We relate all our afflictions more frequently than we do our pleasures.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

People who live together naturally catch the looks and air of one another and without having one feature alike, they contract a something in the whole countenance which strikes one as a resemblance

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

The Spring is generally fertile in new acquaintances.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

don't be angry with the gentleman for thinking, whatever be the cause, for I assure you he makes no common practice of offending in that way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I am tired to death! tired of every thing! I would give the universe for a disposition less difficult to please. Yet, after all, what is there to give pleasure? When one has seen one thing, one has seen every thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

Unused to the situations in which I find myself, and embarassed by the slightest difficulties, I seldom discover, till too late, how I ought to act.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I'd rather be done any thing to than laughed at, for, to my mind, it's one or other the disagreeablest thing in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

it has been long and justly remarked, that folly has ever sought alliance with beauty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

Never shall I recollect the occasion he gave me of displeasure, without feeling it renewed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

She [Evelina] is not, indeed, like most modern young ladies; to be known in half an hour; her modest worth, and fearful excellence, require both time and encouragement to show themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

Wealth per se I never too much valued, and my acquaintance with its possessors has by no means increased my veneration for it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To Nobody, then, will I write my Journal! since to Nobody can I be wholly unreserved, to Nobody can I reveal every thought, every wish of my heart, with the most unlimited confidence, the most unremitting sincerity, to the end of my life!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

Those who wander in the world avowedly and purposely in pursuit of happiness, who view every scene of present joy with an eye to what may succeed, certainly are more liable to disappointment, misfortune and unhappiness, than those who give up their fate to chance and take the goods and evils of fortune as they come, without making happiness their study, or misery their foresight.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fanny Burney

A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To have some account of my thoughts, manners, acquaintance and actions, when the hour arrives in which time is more nimble than memory, is the reason which induces me to keep a journal: a journal in which I must confess my every thought, must open my whole heart!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

To save the mind from preying inwardly upon itself, it must be encouraged to some outward pursuit. There is no other way to elude apathy, or escape discontent; none other to guard the temper from that quarrel with itself, which ultimately ends in quarreling with all mankind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

Misery is a guest that we are glad to part with, however certain of her speedy return.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

There's no nation under the sun can beat the English for ill-politeness: for my part, I hate the very sight of them; and so I shall only just visit a person of quality or two of my particular acquaintance, and then I shall go back again to France.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fanny Burney

Look at your [English] ladies of quality are they not forever parting with their husbands - forfeiting their reputations - and is their life aught but dissipation? In common genteel life, indeed, you may now and then meet with very fine girls - who have politeness, sense and conversation - but these are few - and then look at your trademen's daughters - what are they? poor creatures indeed! all pertness, imitation and folly.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fanny Burney

while we all desire to live long, we have all a horror of being old!