The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
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.
Jane Austen — quotes and aphorisms
My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.