Elizabeth Gaskell

(1810_1865 / Chelsea, London)

Elizabeth Gaskell Quotes

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