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Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 – 1865)


British fiction-writer and biographer who witnessed and recorded the transformation of northern England by the Industrial Revolution.
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Elizabeth Gaskell
A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.
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Economy was always "elegant", and money-spending always "vulgar and ostentatious"; a sort of sour-grapeism, which made us very peaceful and satisfied.
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Were all men equal to-night, some would get the start by rising an hour earlier to-morrow.




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That kind of patriotism which consists in hating all other nations.
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It was his general plan to repress emotion by not showing the sympathy he felt.
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Trust a girl of sixteen for knowing well if she is pretty; concerning her plainness she may be ignorant.
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A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and adviser when his absolute rule shall cease.
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Thinking more of others’ happiness than of her own was very fine; but did it not mean giving up her very individuality, quenching all the warm love, the true desires, that made her herself? Yet in this deadness lay her only comfort; so it seemed.
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It is odd enough to see how the entrance of a person of the opposite sex into an assemblage of either men or women calms down the little discordances and the disturbance of mood.
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I'll not listen to reason…Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
Elizabeth Gaskell
People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.




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