Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

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It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.

To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

There is something in the eloquence of the pulpit, when it is really eloquence, which is entitled to the highest praise and honour. The preacher who can touch and affect such an heterogeneous mass of hearers, on subjects limited, and long worn thread-bare in all common hands; who can say any thing new or striking, any thing that rouses the attention, without offending the taste, or wearing out the feelings of his hearers, is a man whom one could not (in his public capacity) honour enough.

But Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is a part of an Englishman’s constitution.

An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.