-Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
-I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
-Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
-We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
-Everybody likes to go their own way–to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
-Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
-Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
-Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.
-How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.