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Regency Period Quotations

"It may be possible to do without dancing entirely.
Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successfully,
without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind;
but when a beginning is made - when the felicities of rapid motion have once been,
though slightly felt - it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more".
Jane Austen, Emma, 1816.


"Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me I own,
and I laugh at them whenever I can."
Jane Austen, c1800


"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."
Jane Austen - Emma, c1800


"To be fond of dancing is a certain step towards falling in love."
Jane Austen, c1800

Non Regency Period Quotations

Why all this nonsense you may have wondered?
"Must have been for the merriment" some do say.
"Nay, was to hear music for all to delight in".
No, "twas to gawp at those so finely displayed"!
It was these and yet none at all
was all for the love of a beautiful Park.
Anon, 2005.


"These sort of boobies think that people come to balls to do nothing but dance;
whereas everybody knows that the real business of a ball is either;
to look out for a wife, to look after a wife, or to look after somebody else's wife."
R.S.Surtees, Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds, 1865


"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are gazing at the stars."
Oscar Wilde - Lady Windermere's Fan 1892 Act III


"We make a living by what we earn, but make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill c1950