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Jane Austen
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This sweetest and best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults. Jane Austen
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Is there not something wanted, Miss Price, in our language - a something between compliments and - and love - to suit the sort of friendly acquaintance we have had together? Jane Austen
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To her own heart it was a delightful affair, to her imagination it was even a ridiculous one, but to her reason, her judgment, it was completely a puzzle. Jane Austen
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A man . . . must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside, and encounter such a day as this, for the sake of coming to see him. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow. Jane Austen
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Her eye fell everywhere on lawns and plantations of the freshest green; and the trees, though not fully clothed, were in that delightful state when farther beauty is known to be at hand, and when, while much is actually given to the sight, more yet remains for the imagination. Jane Austen
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She had a lively, playful disposition that delighted in anything ridiculous. Jane Austen
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Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again Jane Austen
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Know your own happiness. Jane Austen
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I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. Jane Austen
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I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding?, joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid leaves with disgust. Jane Austen
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It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short. Jane Austen
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Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter. Jane Austen
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Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen
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An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done. Jane Austen
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. Jane Austen
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Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. Jane Austen
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I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety. Jane Austen
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I have never yet found that the advice of a Sister could prevent a young Man's being in love if he chose it. Jane Austen
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Mr. Knightley, if I have not spoken, it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream. Jane Austen
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen
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The evil of the actual disparity in their ages (and Mr. Woodhouse had not married early) was much increased by his constitution and habits; for having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, he was a much older man in ways than in years; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time. Jane Austen
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You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing. Jane Austen
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And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody." "And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them. Jane Austen
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If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out." -Elizabeth Jane Austen
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She knew that when she played she was giving pleasure only to herself; but this was no new sensation Jane Austen
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Beware how you give your heart. Jane Austen
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She was stronger alone... Jane Austen
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I had a very pleasant evening, however, though you will probably find out that there was no particular reason for it; but I do not think it worthwhile to wait for enjoyment until there is some real opportunity for it. Jane Austen
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I trust that absolutes have gradations. Jane Austen
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Family connexions were always worth preserving, good company always worth seeking. Jane Austen
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Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential; but a little learning is by no means a dangerous thing in good company; on the contrary, it will do very well. Jane Austen
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All the privilege I claim for my own sex ... is that of loving longest, when existence or hope is gone. Jane Austen
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Books-oh! no. I am sure we never read the same, or not with the same feelings." "I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject. We may compare our different opinions. Jane Austen
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Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted? Jane Austen
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I have frequently detected myself in such kind of mistakes... in a total misapprehension of character at some point or other: fancying people so much more gay or grave, or ingenious or stupid than they really are, and I can hardly tell why, or in what the deception originated. Sometimes one is guided by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge. Jane Austen
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Heaven forbid! - That would be the greatest misfortune of all! - To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! - Do not wish me such an evil. Jane Austen
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The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's. Jane Austen
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How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them! Jane Austen
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And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. Jane Austen
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Too many cooks spoil the broth Jane Austen
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Everything nourishes what is strong already Jane Austen
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You must be the best judge of your own happiness. Jane Austen
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I often think," she said, "that there is nothing so bad as parting with one's friends. One seems to forlorn without them. Jane Austen
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...dearest, loveliest Elizabeth [...] By you, I was properly humbled. Jane Austen
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Arguments are too much like disputes. Jane Austen
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To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of 26 and 18 is to do pretty well Jane Austen
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The less said the better. Jane Austen
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Eleanor went to her room "where she was free to think and be wretched. Jane Austen
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Incline us oh God! to think humbly of ourselves, to be severe only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness, and to judge of all they say and do with that charity which we would desire from them ourselves. Jane Austen
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We certainly do not forget you as soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions. Jane Austen
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Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation. It was an overpowering happiness. Jane Austen
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She would have liked to know how he felt as to a meeting. Perhaps indifferent, if indifference could exist under such circumstances. He must be either indifferent or unwilling. Has he wished ever to see her again, he need not have waited till this time; he would have done what she could not but believe that in his place she should have done long ago, when events had been early giving him the indepencence which alone had been wanting. Jane Austen
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His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything. Jane Austen
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We certainly do not forget you, so soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. Jane Austen
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It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she should see something else. Jane Austen
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I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness ... Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy. Jane Austen
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If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out. Jane Austen
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Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?" "For the liveliness of your mind, I did. Jane Austen
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But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way. Jane Austen
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Pity is for this life, pity is the worm inside the meat, pity is the meat, pity is the shaking pencil, pity is the shaking voice- not enough money, not enough love-pity for all of us-it is our grace, walking down the ramp or on the moving sidewalk, sitting in a chair, reading the paper, pity, turning a leaf to the light, arranging a thorn. Jane Austen
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There are such beings in the world - perhaps one in a thousand - as the creature you and I should think perfection; where grace and spirit are united to worth, where the manners are equal to the heart and understanding; but such a person may not come in your way, or, if he does, he may not be the eldest son of a man of fortune, the near relation of your particular friend, and belonging to your own county. Jane Austen
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Let us have no ranting tragedies. Too many charactersNot a tolerable woman's part in the play. Jane Austen
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There were several Battles between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians, in which the former (as they ought) usually won. Jane Austen
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Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen
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I can always live by my pen. Jane Austen
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I have been used to consider poetry as "the food of love" said Darcy. "Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away. Jane Austen
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This is an evening of wonders, indeed! Jane Austen
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I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. Jane Austen
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He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed.... Jane Austen
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It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. Jane Austen
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