To have some account of my thoughts, manners, acquaintance and actions, when the hour arrives in which time is more nimble than memory, is the reason which induces me to keep a journal: a journal in which I must confess my every thought, must open my whole heart!
The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 1, journal entry, March 27, 1768.
I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling.Frances Burney
Look at your [English] ladies of quality are they not forever parting with their husbands forfeiting their reputations and is their life aught but dissipation? In common genteel life, indeed, you may now and then meet with very fine girls who have politeness, sense and conversation but these are few and then look at your trademen's daughters what are they? poor creatures indeed! all pertness, imitation and folly.Frances Burney
When once which every body must be you are convinced of the wickedness and deceit of men, it is impossible to preserve untainted your own innocence of heart. Experience will prove the depravity of mankind, and the conviction of it only serves to create distrust, suspicion caution and sometimes causelessly.Frances Burney
it has been long and justly remarked, that folly has ever sought alliance with beauty.Frances Burney
A private ball this was called...but Lord! my dear Sir, I believe I saw half the world!Frances Burney