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Persuasion: Top Ten Quotations

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  1. “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” 
  2. So far all was perfectly right; but Lady Russell was almost startled by the wrong of one part of the Kellynch Hall plan, when it burst on her, which was, Mrs Clay's being engaged to go to Bath with Sir Walter and Elizabeth, as a most important and valuable assistant to the latter in all the business before her. Lady Russell was extremely sorry that such a measure should have been resorted to at all, wondered, grieved, and feared; and the affront it contained to Anne, in Mrs Clay's being of so much use, while Anne could be of none, was a very sore aggravation

  3. “You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.”

  4. “How eloquent could Anne Elliot have been! how eloquent, at least, were her wishes on the side of early warmattachment, and a cheerful confidence in futurity, against that over-anxious caution which seems to insult exertion and distrust Providence! She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning. “

  5. “My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."

  6. "You are mistaken,' said he gently, 'that is not good company, that is the best.”

  7. Anne Elliot, so young; known to so few, to be snatched off by a stranger without alliance or fortune; or rather sunk by him into a state of most wearing, anxious, youth-killing dependence! It must not be, if by any fair interference offriendship, any representations from one who had almost a mother's love, and mother's rights, it would be prevented.

  8. “There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”

  9. “All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!”

  10. "But you, yourself, brought Mrs Harville, her sister, her cousin, and three children, round from Portsmouth to Plymouth. Where was this superfine, extraordinary sort of gallantry of yours then?" "All merged in my friendship, Sophia. I would assist any brother officer's wife that I could, and I would bring anything of Harville's from the world's end, if he wanted it. But do not imagine that I did not feel it an evil in itself." 




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