Quotations From FRANCES BURNEY


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  • Younger sisters are almost different beings from elder ones, but thank God it is quite and unaffectedly without repining or envy that I see my elder sister gad about and visit, etc.—when I rest at home.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 68, journal entry, May 22, 1769, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988). Burney comments on the more active social life of her unmarried elder sister.

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  • We were observing once to Mr. [Samuel] Crisp that the good and the agreeable were seldom united—"Ay begad," cried he, "'tis rare enough to meet with the one or the other."
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 69, journal entry, May 22, 1769, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
  • I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility—I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 8, journal entry, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988). Burney on the art of fiction.

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  • Money is the source of the greatest vice, and that nation which is most rich, is most wicked.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 48, journal entry, November 17, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988). Burney quotes the conversation of the Scotsman Alexander Seton, her elder sister's suitor.

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  • Mrs. Mirvan says we are not to walk in [St. James's] Park again next Sunday ... because there is better company in Kensington Gardens; but really, if you had seen how every body was dressed, you would not think that possible.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 10 (1778).

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  • We went to Ranelagh. It is a charming place; and the brilliancy of the lights, on my first entrance, made me almost think I was in some enchanted castle or fairy palace, for all looked like magic to me.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 12 (1778).

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  • Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 25, journal entry, August 10, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
  • O heavens! how short a time does it take to put an eternal end to a woman's liberty!
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 17, journal entry, July 20, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988). Burney on the wedding service.

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  • This artless young creature [Evelina], with too much beauty to escape notice, has too much sensibility to be indifferent to it; but she has too little wealth to be sought with propriety by men of the fashionable world.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Mr. Villars, in Evelina, letter 4 (1778).

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  • A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Mr. Villars, in Evelina, letter 4 (1778).
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