Make your best thoughts into action.
Order in a house ought to be like the machinery in opera, whose effect produces great pleasure, but whose ends must be hid.
Women do not often have it in their power to give like men, but they forgive like Heaven.
One of the first observations to make in conversation is the state, or the character, and the education of the person to whom we speak.
Want of perseverance is the great fault of women in everything--morals, attention to health, friendship, and so on. It cannot be too often repeated that women never reach the end of anything through want of perseverance.
Dignity and love do not blend.
Elegance is exquisite polish.
Gallantry thrives most in the atmosphere of the court.
Indulgence, twin sister of guilt.
That woman is happiest whose life is passed in the shadow of a manly, loving heart.
Fiction is a potent agent for good--in the hands of the good.
A woman must be truly refined to incite chivalry in the heart of a man.
Obligation is the bitterest thraldom.
Reason ought not, like vanity, to adorn herself with ancient parchments, and the display of a genealogical tree; more dignified in her proceedings, and proud of her immortal nature, she ought to derive everything from herself.
Recognized probity is the surest of all oaths.
Love is the pass-key to the heart.
Fortune does not change [people], it unmasks them.
To love one that is great, is almost to be great one's self.
The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.
Innocence and mystery never dwell long together.
Too many wish to be happy before becoming wise.
How immense to us appear the sins we have not committed.
When death gives us a long lease of life, it takes as hostages all those whom we have loved.
The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.
Romance is the poetry of literature.
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