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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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This sweetest and best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults. 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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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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Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Jane Austen
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Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Jane Austen
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We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. 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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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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It is not every man's fate to marry the woman who loves him best 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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... strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly seached out. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? Jane Austen
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You may only call me "Mrs. Darcy"... when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy. Jane Austen
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I love you. Most ardently. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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In nine cases out of ten a women had better show more affection than she feels. Jane Austen
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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
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What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. 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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I certainly have not the talent which some people possess," said Darcy, "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done. Jane Austen
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Till this moment I never knew myself. Jane Austen
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But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever. 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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