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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

If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out." -Elizabeth Jane Austen

She knew that when she played she was giving pleasure only to herself; but this was no new sensation Jane Austen

Beware how you give your heart. Jane Austen

She was stronger alone... Jane Austen

It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short. Jane Austen

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

She had a lively, playful disposition that delighted in anything ridiculous. Jane Austen

Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again Jane Austen

Know your own happiness. Jane Austen

And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody." "And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them. Jane Austen

All the privilege I claim for my own sex ... is that of loving longest, when existence or hope is gone. Jane Austen

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

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

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

I trust that absolutes have gradations. Jane Austen

Family connexions were always worth preserving, good company always worth seeking. Jane Austen

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

This sweetest and best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults. Jane Austen

I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. Jane Austen

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

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

Mr. Knightley, if I have not spoken, it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen

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

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. Jane Austen

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

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety. Jane Austen

You have delighted us long enough. Jane Austen

Grant us peace, Almighty Father, so to pray as to deserve to be heard. Jane Austen

A novel must show how the world truly is. Somehow, reveals the true source of our actions. Jane Austen

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

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

It is not every man's fate to marry the woman who loves him best Jane Austen

...but then I am unlike other people I dare say. Jane Austen

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

But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible. Jane Austen

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

my courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me. Jane Austen

Mr. Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs. Elton's beginning to talk to him. Jane Austen

Where the wound had been given, there must the cure be found, if any where. Jane Austen

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

... strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly seached out. Jane Austen

It sometimes is a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection from the object of it, she may loose the opportunity of fixing him. Jane Austen

I have not a doubt of your doing very well together. Your tempers are by no means unlike. You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income. Jane Austen

I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet: I send no compliments to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased. Jane Austen

If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost any attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin 'freely'- as light preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have a heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. Jane Austen

It was not in her nature, however, to increase her vexations by dwelling on them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was not part of her disposition. Jane Austen

And now I may dismiss my heroine to the sleepless couch, which is the true heroine's portion - to a pillow strewed with thorns and wet with tears. And lucky may she think herself, if she get another good night's rest in the course of the next three months. Jane Austen

But Catherine did not know her own advantages - did not know that a good-looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward. Jane Austen

Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? Jane Austen

You may only call me "Mrs. Darcy"... when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy. Jane Austen

I love you. Most ardently. Jane Austen

She tried to be calm, and leave things to take their course; and tried to dwell much on this argument of rational dependence - "Surely, if there be constant attachment on each side, our hearts must understand each other ere long. We are not boy and girl, to be captiously irritable, misled by every moment's inadvertence, and wantonly playing with our own happiness." And yet, a few minutes afterwards, she felt as if their being in company with each other, under their present circumstances, could only be exposing them to inadvertencies and misconstructions of the most mischievous kind. Jane Austen

She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older - the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning. Jane Austen

In nine cases out of ten a women had better show more affection than she feels. Jane Austen

If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost any attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin "freely"- as light preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have a heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. Jane Austen

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

Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation. It was an overpowering happiness. Jane Austen

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

His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted? Jane Austen



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