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The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

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If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.

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Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.

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I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.

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It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves.

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It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.

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I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be...yours.

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I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.

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Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.

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To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect

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She was stronger alone…

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Know your own happiness.

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If a book is well written, I always find it too short.

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Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?

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I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.

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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.

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Eleanor went to her room "where she was free to think and be wretched.

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I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness."-Edward Ferrars

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Life could do nothing for her, beyond giving time for a better preparation for death.

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Elinor could sit still no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.

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I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.

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..that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself

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Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge." -Elinor Dashwood

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She was stronger alone; and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as, with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be.

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But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state. Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.

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Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.

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Yes, I found myself, by insensible degrees, sincerely fond of her; and the happiest hours of my life were what I spent with her.

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Mrs. Jennings was a widow, with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world.

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That is what I like; that is what a young man ought to be. Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness in them should know no moderation, and leave him no sense of fatigue.

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It is not what we think or feel that makes us who we are. It is what we do. Or fail to do...

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Brandon is just the kind of man whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to.

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Mama, the more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.

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He listened to her with silent attention, and on her ceasing to speak, rose directly from his seat, and after saying in a voice of emotion, 'To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby, that he may endeavor to deserve her,' took leave, and went away.

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A woman of seven and twenty, said Marianne, after pausing a moment, can never hope to feel or inspire affection again.

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At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance, is perceived.

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...the more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.

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When so many hours have been spent convincing myself I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

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Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! Worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise.--Marianne Dashwood

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…told herself likewise not to hope. But it was too late. Hope had already entered…

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Novels, since the birth of the genre, have been full of rejected, seduced, and abandoned maidens, whose proper fate is to die...

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She was without any power, because she was without any desire of command over herself.

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But to appear happy when I am so miserable — Oh! who can require it?

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Marianne was silent; it was impossible for her to say what she did not feel, however trivial the occasion…

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Marianne Dashwood was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims.

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I think him every thing that is worthy and amiable.

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she was oppressed, she was overcome by her own felicity; and happily disposed as is the human mind to be easily familiarized with any change for the better, it required several hours to give sedateness to her spirits, or any degree of tranquillity to her heart.

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I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.

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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.

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Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again, and I will leave the room this moment.

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From a night of more sleep than she had expected, Marianne awoke the next morning to the same consciousness of misery in which she had closed her eyes.

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