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quotation: “With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please…”. Jane Austen

With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.

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QUOTATION: Jane Austen

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

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Today’s Quotation: Jane Austen (1775-1817)


If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory…The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak…We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

My take on this:

We are a memory: A physiological memory beyond the individual’s own life experiences. Like migratory birds that have the memory of their annual migration, we are altogether the actualization and reenactment of all we have memorized. When everything else become unfamiliar, we act upon the ancestral memory built in everyone of us. Instinct is a ancestral package of fundamental memory, still memory.

our own memories are indeed a treasured virtual manuscript: Some share it as stories, some write about it, some others compose music, based on it. In a form or another we all want to share it, and pass it on.

Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen – On Human Temerity To Adjust and Surmount

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
(from Ch. 5 of Mansfield Park)

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