Fanny Burney Quotes

For the playwright Frances Burney (1776–1828), niece of the novelist, see Frances Burney.

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Fanny Burney


Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.

Fanny Burney


You must not sneeze. If you have a vehement cold you must take no notice of it; if your nose membranes feel a great irritation you must hold your breath; if a sneeze still insists upon making its way you must oppose it keeping your teeth grinding together; if the violence of the pulse breaks some blood-vessel you must break the blood-vessel -- but not sneeze.

Fanny Burney


Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure

Fanny Burney


How truly does this journal contain my real and undisguised thoughts--I always write it according to the humour I am in, and if astranger was to think it worth reading, how capricious--insolent & whimsical I must appear!--one moment flighty and half mad,--the next sad and melancholy. No matter! Its truth and simplicity are its sole recommendations.

Fanny 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

Fanny 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

Fanny Burney


To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily, must surely be more beneficial to mankind.

Fanny Burney


credulity is the sister of innocence ...

Fanny Burney


There si nothing upon the face of the earth so insipid as a medium. Give me love or hate! A friend that will go to jail for me, or an enemy that will run me through the body!

Fanny Burney


To have some account of my thoughts, manners, acquaintance and actions, when the hour arrives in which time is more nimble than memory, is the reason which induces me to keep a journal: a journal in which I must confess my every thought, must open my whole heart!

Fanny Burney


“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.”

Fanny Burney


“For my part, I confess I seldom listen to the players: one has so much to do, in looking about and finding out one's acquaintance, that, really, one has no time to mind the stage. One merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive.”

Fanny Burney


“. . . men seldom risk their lives where an escape is without hope of recompense.”

Fanny Burney


“Indeed, the freedom with which Dr Johnson condemns whatever he disapproves is astonishing.”

Fanny Burney


But alas, my dear child, we are the slaves of custom, the dupes of prejudice, and dare not stem the torrent of the opposing world, even though our judgments condemn our compliance! However, since the die is cast, we must endeavor to make the best of it.

Fanny Burney