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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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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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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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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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This sweetest and best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults. 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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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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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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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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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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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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It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short. 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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You have delighted us long enough. Jane Austen
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Grant us peace, Almighty Father, so to pray as to deserve to be heard. Jane Austen
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I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. Jane Austen
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From the very beginning- from the first moment, I may almost say- of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry. Jane Austen
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Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise. Jane Austen
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Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. Jane Austen
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she was oppressed, she was overcome by her own felicity; and happily disposed as is the human mind to be easily familiarized with any change for the better, it required several hours to give sedateness to her spirits, or any degree of tranquillity to her heart. Jane Austen
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What strange creatures brothers are! Jane Austen
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I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of. Jane Austen
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I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun. Jane Austen
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but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short. Jane Austen
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It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable. 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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...but then I am unlike other people I dare say. Jane Austen
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But it is very foolish to ask questions about any young ladies - about any three sisters just grown up; for one knows, without being told, exactly what they are - all very accomplished and pleasing, and one very pretty. There is a beauty in every family. - It is a regular thing Jane Austen
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But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible. 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." -Edward Ferrars Jane Austen
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my courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me. Jane Austen
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Mr. Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs. Elton's beginning to talk to him. Jane Austen
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Where the wound had been given, there must the cure be found, if any where. Jane Austen
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My object then," replied Darcy, "was to show you, by every civility in my power, that I was not so mean as to resent the past; and I hoped to obtain your forgiveness, to lessen your ill opinion, by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to. How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell, but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you. Jane Austen
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Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. 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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A novel must show how the world truly is. Somehow, reveals the true source of our actions. Jane Austen
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Goldsmith tells us, that when lovely woman stoops to folly, she has nothing to do but to die; and when she stoops to be disagreeable, it is equally to be recommended as a clearer of ill-fame. Jane Austen
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Personal size and mental sorrow have certainly no necessary proportions. A large bulky figure has a good a right to be in deep affliction, as the most graceful set of limbs in the world. But, fair or not fair, there are unbecoming conjunctions, which reason will pa tronize in vain,-which taste cannot tolerate,-which ridicule will seize. 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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