Does it not appear to you versatility is the true and rare characteristic of that rare thing called genius-versatility and playfulness? In my mind they are both essential.
I foresee that the Andersen and Fairy Tale fashion will not last; none of these things away from general nature do.
Friendship is the bread of the heart.
I have discovered that our great favorite, Miss Austen, is my countrywoman ... with whom mamma before her marriage was acquainted. Mamma says that she was then the prettiest, silliest, most affected, husband-hunting butterfly she ever remembers.
Our English people are much addicted to raising idols, and then revenging themselves on their own idolatry by knocking down and demolishing the poor bits of wood and stone that they had worshipped as gods. How many literary reputations have been so treated!
A novel should be as like life as a painting, but not as like life as a piece of waxwork.
She was the prettiest, silliest, most affected, husband-hunting butterfly ever.
I place flowers in the very first rank of simple pleasures; and I have no very good opinion of the hard worldly people who take no delight in them.
Nothing so pretty to look at as my garden!
We may admire people for being wise, but we like them best when they are foolish.
To think of playing cricket for hard cash! Money and gentility would ruin any pastime under the sun.
Fashion is a capricious deity.
I prepare myself for all disappointments by expecting nothing.
Enthusiasm is very catching, especially when it is very eloquent.
I do not think very highly of Madame D'Arblay's books. The style is so strutting. She does so stalk about on Dr. Johnson's old stilts.
I have had a great misfortune; my dear old dog is dead.
I detest so much ... those persons, who insist upon telling you everything - who labor every point, as the lawyers say, as if they thought all excellence consisted in length.
I have still the best comforts of life - books and friendships - and I trust never to lose my relish for either.
Autumn glows upon us like a splendid evening; it is the very sunset of the year.
[On Elizabeth Barrett Browning:] Her sweetness of character is even beyond her genius.
In our present high state of civilization, people are so much alike, that anything at all odd comes on one with the freshness and character of an antique coin among smooth shillings.
No fear of forgetting the good-humoured faces that meet us in our walks each day.
That bad letters of every kind arise from want of the habit of thinking, I cannot doubt.
Trees and children are, of all living things, those whose growth soonest makes one feel one's age.
There is no running away from a great grief.
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