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jane austen illustration via mollands.netPlain Jane: “no one can think more highly of the understanding of women than I do. In my opinion, nature has given them so much, that they never find it necessary to use more than half.”

-Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey 

A rather tongue-in-cheek compliment I think. I take it more as Jane’s attempt at a veiled motivational speech for the feminine sex: that is, that she saw so much that women could offer and few women who realized their potentiality themselves. I hope you use all of yourself today, whatever it is you are doing!