It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.
Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society . . .
The gentleness, modesty, and sweetness of her character were warmly expatiated on that sweetness which makes so essential a part of every woman's worth in the judgment of man, that though he sometimes loves where it is not, he can never believe it absent.
But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all it is very tiresome.
Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in . . . The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences in every page the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all.
General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are sure to get out of it.
No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.
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