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JANE PORTER
English novelist and playwright
(1776 - 1850)
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That grief is the most durable which flows inward, and buries its streams with its fountain, in the depths of the heart.
      - [Grief]

The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us; and it is hardly possible for one man to be more unlike another than he that forbears to avenge himself of wrong is to him who did the wrong.
      - [Revenge]

The bliss of the drunkard is a visible picture of the expectation of the dying atheist, who hopes no more than to lie down in the grave with the "beasts that perish."
      - [Drunkenness]

The doubts of love are never to be wholly overcome; they grow with its various anxieties, timidities, and tenderness, and are the very fruits of the reverence in which the admired object is beheld.
      - [Distrust]

The flatterer easily insinuates himself into the closet, while honest merit stands shivering in the hall or antechamber.
      - [Flattery]

The fruition of what is unlawful must be followed by remorse. The core sticks in the throat after the apple is eaten, and the sated appetite loathes the interdicted pleasure for which innocence was bartered.
      - [Satiety]

The mob is a sort of bear; while your ring is through its nose, it will even dance under your cudgel; but should the ring slip, and you lose your hold, the brute will turn and rend you.
      - [Mob]

The only impregnable citadel of virtue is religion; for there is no bulwark of mere morality, which some temptation may not overtop or undermine, and destroy.
      - [Religion]

The perfection of outward loveliness is the soul shining through its crystalline covering.
      - [Loveliness]

The platform or the altar of love may be analyzed and explained; it is constructed of virtue, beauty, and affection. Such is the pyre, such is the offering; but the ethereal spark must come from heaven, that lights the sacrifice.
      - [Love]

The pure in heart are slow to credit calumnies, because they hardly comprehend what motives can be inducements to the alleged crimes.
      - [Calumny]

The virtues, like the muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
      - [Virtue]

There is nothing so clear-sighted and sensible as a noble mind in a low estate.
      - [Humility]

These hearts which suck up friendship like water, and yield it again with the first touch, might as well expect to squeeze a sponge and find it hold its moisture, as to retain affections which they are forever dashing from them.
      - [Friendship]

To be truly and really independent is to support ourselves by our own exertions.
      - [Independence]

True virtue, when she errs, needs not the eyes of men to excite her blushes; she is confounded at her own presence, and covered with confusion of face.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue is despotic; life, reputation, every earthly good, must be surrendered at her voice. The law may seem hard, but it is the guardian of what it commands; and is the only sure defence of happiness.
      - [Virtue]

Virtue, without the graces, is like a rich diamond unpolished--it hardly looks better than a common pebble; but when the hand of the master rubs off the roughness, and forms the sides into a thousand brilliant surfaces, it is then that we acknowledge its worth, admire its beauty, and long to wear it in our bosoms.
      - [Grace]

We all know that a lie needs no other grounds than the invention of the liar; and to take for granted as truth all that is alleged against the fame of others is a species of credulity that men would blush at on any other subject.
      - [Credulity]

We value the devotedness of friendship rather as an oblation to vanity than as a free interchange of hearts; an endearing contract of sympathy, mutual forbearance, and respect!
      - [Friendship]

When Alexander had subdued the world, and wept that none were left to dispute his arms, his tears were an involuntary tribute to a monarchy that he knew not, man's empire over himself.
      - [Self-control]

When the cup of any sensual pleasure is drained to the bottom, there is always poison in the dregs. Anacreon himself declares that "the flowers swim at the top of the bowl!"
      - [Sensuality]

Where there is any good disposition, confidence begets faithfulness; but distrust, if it do not produce treachery; never fails to destroy every inclination to evince fidelity. Most people disdain to clear themselves from the accusations of mere suspicion.
      - [Confidence]

Bright was the summer of 1296. The war which had desolated Scotland was then at an end.
      - The Scottish Chiefs [Books (First Lines)]


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