Ann Radcliffe Quotes | Quotes by Ann Radcliffe

1There is something in the ardour and ingenousness of youth, which is particularly pleasing to the contemplation of an old man, if his feelings have not been entirely corroded by the world.

2But St. Aubert had too much good sense to prefer a charm to a virtue.

3I never trust people's assertions, I always judge of them by their actions.

4How strange it is, that a fool or knave, with riches, should be treated with more respect by the world, than a good man, or a wise man in poverty!

5Happiness has this essential difference from what is commonly called pleasure, that virtue forms its basis, and virtue being the offspring of reason, may be expected to produce uniformity of effect.

6What has a man's face to do with his character? Can a man of good character help having a disagreeable face?

7And since, in our passage through this world, painful circumstances occur more frequently than pleasing ones, and since our sense of evil is, I fear, more acute than our sense of good, we become the victims of our feelings, unless we can in some degree command them.

8At first a small line of inconceivable splendour emerged on the horizon, which, quickly expanding, the sun appeared in all of his glory, unveiling the whole face of nature, vivifying every colour of the landscape, and sprinkling the dewy earth with glittering light.

9Such is the inconsistency of real love, that it is always awake to suspicion, however unreasonable; always requiring new assurances from the object of its interest.

10If the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it - the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded.

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11How despicable is that humanity, which can be contented to pity, where it might assuage!

12To discover depravity in those whom we have loved, is one of the most exquisite tortures to a virtuous mind, and the conviction is often rejected before it is finally admitted.

13But no matter for that, you can be tolerably happy, perhaps, notwithstanding; but as for guessing how happy I am, or knowing anything about the matter,--- O! its quite beyond what you can understand.

14There are some few instances in which it is virtuous to disobey.

15When one can hear people moving, one does not so much mind, about one's fears.

16It is dismal coming home, when there is nobody to welcome one!

17Sentiment is a disgrace, instead of an ornament, unless it lead us to good actions.

18There is no accounting for tastes.

19The passions are the seeds of vices as well as of virtues, from which either may spring, accordingly as they are nurtured. Unhappy they who have never been taught the art to govern them!

20Employment is the surest antidote to sorrow.

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21One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.

22There is some magic in wealth, which can thus make persons pay their court to it, when it does not even benefit themselves.

23When the mind has once begun to yield to the weakness of superstition, trifles impress it with the force of conviction.

24The refreshing pleasure from the first view of nature, after the pain of illness, and the confinement of a sick-chamber, is above the conceptions, as well as the descriptions, of those in health.

25Vanity often produces unreasonable alarm.

26What is acquired without labor is seldom worth acquiring at all.

27I ought not to doubt the steadiness of your affection. Yet such is the inconsistency of real love, that it is always awake to suspicion, however unreasonable; always requiring new assurances from the object of its interest, and thus it is, that i always feel revived, as by a new convinction, when your words tell me I am dear to you; and wanting these, I relapse into doubt and often into despondency.

28Fate sits on these dark battlements and frowns, And as the portal opens to receive me, A voice in hollow murmurs through the courts Tells of a nameless deed.

29He loved the soothing hour, when the last tints of light die away; when the stars, one by one, tremble through 忙ther, and are reflected on the dark mirror of the waters; that hour, which, of all others, inspires the mind with pensive tenderness, and often elevates it to sublime contemplation.

30Do you believe your heart to be, indeed, so hardened, that you can look without emotion on the suffering, to which you would condemn me?

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31There is some comfort in dying surrounded by one's children.

32To a generous mind few circumstances are more afflicting than a discovery of perfidy in those whom we have trusted.

33Ignorance of true pleasure more frequently than temptation to that which is false, leads to vice.

34Never will I give my hand where my heart does not accompany it.

35I tasted too what was called the sweet of revenge - but it was transient, it expired even with the object, that provoked it.

36A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.

37Virtue and taste are nearly the same, for virtue is little more than active taste, and the most delicate affections of each combine in real love.

38Wisdom can boast no higher attainment than happiness.

39I wish that all those, who on this night are not merry enough to speak before they think, may ever after be grave enough to think before they speak!

40Happiness arises in a state of peace, not of tumult.

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41The world ridicules a passion which it seldom feels; its scenes, and its interests, distract the mind, deprave the taste, corrupt the heart, and love cannot exist in a heart that has lost the meek dignity of innocence.

42O! useful may it be to have shewn, that, though the vicious can sometimes pour affliction upon the good, their power is transient and their punishment certain; and that innocence, though oppressed by injustice, shall, supported by patience, finally triumph over misfortune!And, if the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it鈥攖he effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded.

43When justice happens to oppose prejudice, we are apt to believe it virtuous to disobey her.

44What are riches - grandeur - health itself, to the luxury of a pure conscience, the health of the soul; - and what the sufferings of poverty, disappointment, despair - to the anguish of an afflicted one!

45Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations. It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other, or degrade us in our own opinion, of in that of any person, whose opinion we ought to value.