Only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.
Let us leave it to the reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans. Let us not desert one another; we are an injured body.
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
Those who do not complain are never pitied.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations?
It is indolence… Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
- Virginia Woolf English Novelist
- Pamela Hansford Johnson English Novelist
- Mary Webb English Novelist, Poet, Writer
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon English Poet
- P. G. Wodehouse English Novelist
- D. H. Lawrence English Novelist
- Iris Murdoch English Novelist
- Samuel Richardson English Novelist, Printer
- William Makepeace Thackeray English Novelist
- Anthony Trollope English Novelist