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Susan Ferrier

  • It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that there is no passion so deeply rooted in human nature as that of pride.

  • ... beware how you contradict prejudices, even knowing them to be such, for the generality of people are much more tenacious of their prejudices than of anything belonging to them ...

  • Oh, how easy it must be to be good when one has the power of doing good!

  • It is universally allowed that, though nothing can be more interesting in itself than the conversation of two lovers, yet nothing can be more insipid in detail — just as the heavenly fragrance of the rose becomes vapid and sickly under all the attempts made to retain and embody its exquisite odor.

  • ... what will not the heart endure ere it will voluntarily surrender the hoarded treasure of its love to the cold dictates of reason or the stern voice of duty!

  • … the synagogin', the tabernaclin', the psalmin', that goes on in this hoose, that's enough to break the spirits o' ony young creature.

  • Gertrude could scarcely restrain a smile at hearing Lord Rossville quote himself as a pattern to be followed instead of a rock to be shunned; but such is the blindness of human nature; we are all but too apt to hold ourselves up as guides when we ought to be satisfied to serve as beacons.

  • He then entered upon a speech, which, for intricacy of design and uselessness of purpose, might have vied with the far-famed labyrinth of Crete.

  • ... it was seldom an idea found entrance into his head, and when once there it was no easy matter to dislodge it; it became not the mere furniture of the head, to be turned or changed at will, but seemed actually to become a part of the head itself, which it required a sort of mental scalping or trepanning to remove.

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.

  • ... Gertrude loved with all the delusion of romance, and, like many a young enthusiast, had mistaken her imagination for her mind ...

  • ... lovers, it is well known, carry the art of tautology to its utmost perfection, and even the most impatient of them can both bear to hear and repeat the same things times without number, till the sound becomes the echo to the sense or the nonsense previously uttered.

  • Poverty and contempt generally go hand-in-hand in this world.

  • ... there's no doctor like meat and drink ...

  • ... the sickness of hope deferred crept like poison through her veins.

  • But who can count the beatings of the lonely heart?

Susan Ferrier, Scottish novelist

(1782 - 1854)

Full name: Susan Edmonstone Ferrier.