It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy.
… consequence has its tax;…
It sometimes is a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection from the object of it, she may loose the opportunity of fixing him.
A natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.
Woman is fine21 for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety22 will be most endearing to the latter.-
It is a most repulsive quality, indeed,’ said he. ‘Oftentimes very convenient, no doubt, but never pleasing. There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.’
‘Not till the reserve ceases towards oneself; and then the attraction may be the greater.
… it is very well worth-while to be tormented for two or three years of one’s life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.
A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her.
I never saw quite so wretched an example of what a sea-faring life can do: but to a degree, I know it is the same with them all; they are all knocked about, and exposed to every climate, and every weather, till they are not fit to be seen. It is a pity they are not knocked on the head at once, before they reach Admiral Baldwin’s age.