Foolishness and Folly Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
[…] she walked on, amusing herself in the consideration of the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances, of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for ever falling into […] (13.21)
Emma’s judgment of Mr. Knightley returns to her with a vengeance by the end of the novel!
It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious, a trick of what ought to be simple. (16.10)
Emma’s moralizing, while accurate, only lasts as long as she remembers to keep her imagination in check.
Can you trust me with such flatterers?—Does my vain spirit ever tell me I am wrong? (38.47)
Emma’s banter with Knightley reveals that she does, indeed, know how misguided her own reflections can be – even if she refuses to take her conscience seriously.