'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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March 6, 2013

Something to work toward



My life has deepened unspeakably during the last year ... And my happiness has deepened too ... Few women,  I fear have had such reasons as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.  ... So goodbye, dear 1857! May I be able to look back on 1858 with an equal satisfaction of advancement in work and heart.

from George Eliot in Love, by Brenda Maddox
 
It doesn't fit exactly -- not the 'long sad years of youth' part  -- but when I read this on my rainy ride home I 'm pretty sure I sighed out loud. Middle age, I've got, and a good life, and my fair share of work and happiness.  But wouldn't it be wonderful to see them deepening unspeakably {what an amazing phrase!} and to look back with that equal satisfaction ... equal meaning that it's been found once again?  :)


1 comment:

Vintage Reading said...

What a fabulous quote! Reminds me why I love George Eliot. Thanks for posting it.

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