A Dozen Lessons from Jane Austen

Today Literary Critic Bill Deresiewicz has a lovely summary of the 12 life lessons Jane Austen reveals to us in her collection of novels (which you can read right here and you surely should), including this one:

 #5 Don’t believe everything you think
“We do not come to things with open minds, we come with all the ideas we’ve already acquired, and we can’t wait to project them onto everything we encounter. Instead of discovering the truth, we end up with a very elaborate theory that bears no relationship to what’s actually going on in front of us.”

And this one:

#7 Too much money makes you miserable

“Being able to get whatever you want makes you awfully unhappy when you can’t get what you want. And if everything is easy, then nothing really matters.”

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Enjoy . . .

Author: Susan

This post has 2 Comments

  1. Clair on May 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I saw a bumper sticker that said Don't believe everything you think, and it is such good advice.

  2. Susan Meissner on May 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Oh, Clair. So true. . .

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