"If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out." -->Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
About history: The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all — it is very tiresome."Nobody minds having what is too good for them."--> Mansfield Park
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."-->Northanger Abbey
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."
"There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves."