Sense and Sensibility
Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.George Bernard Shaw
- He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed. (Volume 1, Chapter 1)
- People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them . . .
- He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing. He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open, affectionate heart.
- Her mind did become settled, but it was settled in a gloomy dejection. She felt the loss of Willoughby's character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart...
- Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing...
- Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses, no less than in theirs; and all the comfort that could be given by assurances of her own composure of mind, and a very earnest vindication of Edward from every charge but of imprudence, was readily offered.
- The pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
- Yet there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.
- They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future.
- His own enjoyment, or his own ease, was, in every particular, his ruling principle.
- I suppose you know, ma'am, that Mr. Ferrars is married.
- As it was impossible however now to prevent their coming, Lady Middleton resigned herself to the idea of it, with all the philosophy of a well bred woman, contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject five or six times every day. (Volume 1, Chapter 21)