Quotation by Frances Burney

I have been wavering in my mind whether I should ever again touch this journal, unless it were to commit it to the flames—for this same mind of mine would fain persuade me that this journal of mine is a very ridiculous, trifling and useless affair ... but I felt at the same time a regret, a loss of something in forbearing to here unburden myself ... and now that I once more have taken courage to begin, I think I already feel twice the content I did while this dear little book was neglected.
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 70, journal entry, June 15, 1769, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
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