'Tis never for their wisdom that one loves the wisest, or for their wit that one loves the wittiest; 'tis for benevolence, and virtue, and honest fondness, one loves people; the other qualities make one proud of loving them too.
Letter to Fanny Burney; Charlotte Barrett (ed.) Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay (1854) vol. 2, p. 3.
Women bear Crosses better than Men do, but bear Surprizes – worse.Hester Thrale
The tree of deepest root is foundLeast willing still to quit the ground;'Twas therefore said by ancient sages,That love of life increased with years.So much, that in our latter stages,When pains grow sharp and sickness rages,The greatest love of life appears.Hester Thrale
A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.Hester Thrale