Frances Burney

(1752-1840 / King's Lynn)

Frances Burney Quotes

  • ''Well of all things in the world, I don't suppose anything can be so dreadful as a public wedding—my stars!—I should never be able to support it!''
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, pp. 17-18, journal entry, July 20, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
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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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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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