Anne Brontë Quote
Keep both heart and hand in your own possession, till you see good reason to part with them; and if such an occasion should never present itself, comfort your mind with this reflection, that though in single life your joys may not be very many, your sorrows, at least, will not be more than you can bear. Marriage may change your circumstances for the better, but, in my private opinion, it is far more likely to produce a contrary result.
Helen to Esther (Ch. XLI : Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast) - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)