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Frances Burney

Portrait by her relative Edward Francis Burney
Born (1752-06-13)13 June 1752
Lynn Regis, England
Died 6 January 1840(1840-01-06) (aged 87)
Bath, England
Notable works Journals (1768–1840)
Evelina (1778)
Cecilia (1782)
Camilla (1796)
The Wanderer (1814)

We continually say things to support an opinion, which we have given, that in reality we don't above half mean.
Frances Burney
There is something in age that ever, even in its own despite, must be venerable, must create respect and to have it ill treated, is to me worse, more cruel and wicked than anything on earth.
Frances Burney
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
To whom, then, must I dedicate my wonderful, surprising and interesting adventures? to whom dare I reveal my private opinion of my nearest relations? the secret thoughts of my dearest friends? my own hopes, fears, reflections and dislikes? Nobody!
Frances Burney
People who live together naturally catch the looks and air of one another and without having one feature alike, they contract a something in the whole countenance which strikes one as a resemblance.
Frances Burney
A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
Frances Burney
Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure.
Frances Burney
The mind is but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded to dissipation.
Frances Burney