Friday, March 4, 2011
"Affectation of candour is common enough— one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design— to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad— belongs to you alone." -- Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
'"Your humility, Mr. Bingley," said Elizabeth, "must disarm reproof."
"Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast."' -- Pride and Prejudice
'"My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them──by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents."' -- Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
'"The indirect boast; for you are really proud of your defects in writing, because you consider them as proceeding from a rapidity of thought and carelessness of execution, which, if not estimable, you think at least highly interesting. The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance. When you told Mrs. Bennet this morning that if you ever resolved upon quitting Netherfield you should be gone in five minutes, you meant it to be a sort of panegyric, of compliment to yourself -- and yet what is there so very laudable in a precipitance which must leave very necessary business undone, and can be of no real advantage to yourself or anyone else?"' -- Elizabeth Bennet (I think), Pride and Prejudice
As you can see, I've started a new book!
The bolded sentences remind me so much of myself.