"My fingers,'' said Elizabeth, "do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many women's do...But then I have always supposed it to be my own fault -- because I would not take the trouble of practising."

Darcy smiled and said, "You are perfectly right. You have employed your time much better..."~from Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice


"There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong."~from Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey