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Jane Austen
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She is probably by this time as tired of me, as I am of her; but as she is too Polite and I am too civil to say so, our letters are still as frequent and affectionate as ever, and our Attachment as firm and sincere as when it first commenced. Jane Austen
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Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of other people's mouths. Jane Austen
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Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, themost rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing. Jane Austen
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Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber. Jane Austen
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Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters. Jane Austen
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I do regard her as one who is too modest for the world in general to be aware of half her accomplishments, and too highly accomplished for modesty to be natural of any other woman. Jane Austen
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We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb. Jane Austen
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At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance, is perceived. Jane Austen
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Obstinate, headstrong girl! Jane Austen
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Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. Jane Austen
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I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly. Jane Austen
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Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. Jane Austen
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I am come, young ladies, in a very moralizing strain, to observe that our pleasures of this world are always to be for, and that we often purchase them at a great disadvantage, giving readi-monied actual happiness for a draft on the future, that may not be honoured. Jane Austen
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Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch-hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Barontage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; . . . Jane Austen
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An agreeable manner may set off handsome features, but can never alter plain ones. Jane Austen
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I can safely say, that the happiest part of my life has been spent on board a ship. Jane Austen
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Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. Jane Austen
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The evening ended with dancing. On its being proposed, Anne offered her services, as usual, and though her eyes would sometimes fill with tears as she sat at the instrument, she was extremely glad to be employed, and desired nothing in return but to be unobserved. Jane Austen
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It was absolutely necessary to interrupt him now. Jane Austen
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She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well?informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen
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The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke. Jane Austen
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They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immoveable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility. Jane Austen
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I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!- Elizabeth Bennet Jane Austen
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Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. Jane Austen
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General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be. Jane Austen
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It is this delightful habit of journalizing which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing for which ladies are so generally celebrated. Every body allows that the talent of writing is particularly female. Nature might have done something, but I am sure it must be essentially assisted by the practice of keeping a journal. Jane Austen
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Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Jane Austen
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Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love ; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall. Jane Austen
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You will have a great deal of unreserved discourse with Mrs. K., I dare say, upon this subject, as well as upon many other of our family matters. Abuse everybody but me. Jane Austen
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I know so many who have married in the full expectation and confidence of some one particular advantage in the connection, or accomplishment, or good quality in the person, who have found themselves entirely deceived, and been obliged to put up with exactly the reverse. What is this but a take in? Jane Austen
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Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot's character; vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth; and, at fifty-four, was still a very fine man. Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did, nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society. He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy; and the Sir Walter Elliott, who united these gifts, was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion. Jane Austen
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[Mrs. Allen was] never satisfied with the day unless she spent the chief of it by the side of Mrs. Thorpe, in what they called conversation, but in which there was scarcely ever any exchange of opinion, and not often any resemblance of subject, for Mrs. Thorpe talked chiefly of her children, and Mrs. Allen of her gowns. Jane Austen
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The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance Jane Austen
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I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony. [Elizabeth] Jane Austen
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Pray, pray be composed, and do not betray what you feel to every body present Jane Austen
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There is not the hundredth part of the wine consumed in this kingdom that there ought to be. Our foggy climate wants help. Jane Austen
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Let no one presume to give the feelings of a young woman on receiving the assurance of that affection of which she has scarcely allowed herself to entertain a hope. Jane Austen
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It is very unfair to judge any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Jane Austen
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To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect Jane Austen
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Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste it's fragrance on the desert air. Jane Austen
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest. Jane Austen
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Trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now. Jane Austen
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Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be. Jane Austen
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I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem from love Jane Austen
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Half the sum of attraction, on either side, might have been enough, for he had nothing to do, and she had hardly any body to love." (of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, Persuasion) Jane Austen
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I do not cough for my own amusement. Jane Austen
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As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship! - How much of pleasure or pain it was in his power to bestow! - How much of good or evil must be done by him! Jane Austen
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She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped. Jane Austen
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to hope was to expect Jane Austen
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How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! Jane Austen
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Not keep a journal! How are your absent cousins to understand the tenor of your life in Bath without one? How are the civilities and compliments of every day to be related as they ought to be, unless noted down every evening in a journal? How are your various dresses to be remembered, and the particular state of your complexion, and curl of your hair to be described in all their diversities, without having constant recourse to a journal? Jane Austen
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It is a difference of opinion which does not admit of proof. We each begin probably with a little bias towards our own sex, and upon that bias build every circumstance in favour of it which has occurred within our own circle; Jane Austen
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We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days. Jane Austen
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For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn? Jane Austen
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She was not a woman of many words; for, unlike people in general, she proportioned them to the number of her ideas. Jane Austen
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One may be continually abusive without saying anything just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. 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. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. Jane Austen
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A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. Jane Austen
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What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken! Jane Austen
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Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of. Jane Austen
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If it was not for the entail I should not mind it.' What should not you mind?' I should not mind anything at all.' Let us be thankful that you are preserved from a state of such insensibility. Jane Austen
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It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made - when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt - it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more. Jane Austen
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Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. Jane Austen
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Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations. Jane Austen
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With women, the heart argues, not the mind. Jane Austen
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Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like. Jane Austen
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When the evening was over, Anne could not be amused...nor could she help fearing, on more serious reflection, that, like many other great moralists and preachers, she had been eloquent on a point in which her own conduct would ill bear examination. Jane Austen
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If I could not be persuaded into doing what I thought wrong, I will never be tricked into it. Jane Austen
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What are you thinking of so earnestly?" said he, as they walked back to the ballroom; "not of your partner, I hope, for, by that shake of the head, your meditations are not satisfactory." Catherine coloured, and said, "I was not thinking of anything." That is artful and deep, to be sure; but I had rather be told at once that you will not tell me." Well then, I will not." Thank you; for now we shall soon be acquainted, as I am authorized to tease you on this subject whenever we meet, and nothing in the world advances intimacy so much. Jane Austen
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Of this she was perfectly unaware; to her he was only the man who had made himself agreeable nowhere, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with. Jane Austen
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