Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"A weak head"

All from Jane Austen's Emma.
Re-reading it is revealing very many learnings that deserve their own post...

1. If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to `Yes,' she ought to say `No' directly.

2. You must be the best judge of your own happiness.

3. A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.

4. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

5. Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

6. There is one thing,which a man can always do, if he chooses, and that is, his duty.

7. Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

8. There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

9. Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

10. One cannot have too large a party.

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