Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber; it is selfishness and impatience rather than generosity and fortitude, that one hears of. There is so little real friendship in the world! – and unfortunately’ (speaking low and tremulously) ‘there are so many who forget to think seriously till it is almost too late.
General benevolence, but not general friendship, make a man what he ought to be.
Time will explain.
[F]or though a very few hours spent in hard labour of incessant talking will dispatch more subjects than can really be in common between any two rational creatures, yet with lovers it is different. Between them no subject is finished, no communication is even made, till it has been made at least twenty times over.
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.-