Great minds talk about people, too

This popular quote, which is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, can’t universally be true:

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

Obviously, Jane Austen has a great mind. Yet, she loves to write about people. Her novels are all about people: their hopes and fears, their virtues and vices, their perfections and flaws, their tastes and preferences, and their personality and character.


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