Quotations From ELIZABETH GASKELL

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  • 1.
    I'll not listen to reason.... Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Miss Matty's maid, Martha, in Cranford, ch. 14 (1853).
  • 2.
    Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Mr. Gibson, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 54 (1866).

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  • 3.
    Madam your wife and I didn't hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Squire Hamley, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 35 (1866). Addressing Mr. Gibson.

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  • 4.
    He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a great way towards gentility.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Wives and Daughters, ch. 4 (1866). Of Mr. Gibson.
  • 5.
    I would not trust a mouse to a woman if a man's judgment could be had.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. As quoted in Woman in Sexist Society, ch. 20, by Elaine Showalter (1971).

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  • 6.
    How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly!
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Cynthia, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 43 (1866). Of her misplaced attachment to Mr. Preston.

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  • 7.
    A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Miss Matty, in Cranford, ch. 11 (1853).

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  • 8.
    Madam your wife and I didn't hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Squire Hamley, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 35 (1866). Said to Mr. Gibson.

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  • 9.
    To be sure a stepmother to a girl is a different thing to a second wife to a man!
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Squire Hamley, in Wives and Daughters, ch. 6 (1866).

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  • 10.
    A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
    Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), British novelist. Mr. Hale, in North and South, ch. 15 (1855).

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