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Jane Austen
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We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing. Jane Austen
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My Emma, does not every thing serve to prove more and more the beauty of truth and sincerity in all our dealings with each other? Jane Austen
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Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly. Jane Austen
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Time did not compose her. Jane Austen
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Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures. They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. But I confess they would have no charms for me. I should infinitely prefer a book. Jane Austen
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Vanity, not love, has been my folly. Jane Austen
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It is wonderful, for almost all his actions may be traced to pride;-and pride has often been his best friend. Jane Austen
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A mother would have been always present. A mother would have been a constant friend; her influence would have been beyond all other. Jane Austen
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Ah, mother! How do you do?' said he, giving her a hearty shake of the hand; 'Where did you get that quiz of a hat? It makes you look like an old witch...' On his two younger sisters he then bestowed an equal portion of his fraternal tenderness, for he asked each of them how they did, and observed that they both looked very ugly. Jane Austen
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Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces. Jane Austen
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For what do we live, but to make sport by subjecting our neighbors to endless discretionary review for minor additions? Jane Austen
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Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it. Jane Austen
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Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions. Jane Austen
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Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride - where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation. Jane Austen
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If you were to give me forty such men, I never could be so happy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness. No, no, let me shift for myself; and, perhaps, if I have very good luck, I may meet with another Mr. Collins in time. Jane Austen
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I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No - I must keep my own style & go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other. 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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I can recollect nothing more to say at present; perhaps breakfast may assist my ideas. I was deceived - my breakfast supplied only two ideas - that the rolls were good and the butter bad. Jane Austen
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I want nothing but death. Jane Austen
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On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provisions for discourse. Jane Austen
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By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many douceurs in being a sort of chaperon , for I am put on the sofa near the fire and can drink as much wine as I like. Jane Austen
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I have had to contend against the unkindness of his sister, and the insolence of his mother; and have suffered the punishment of an attachment, without enjoying its advantages. Jane Austen
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Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise. Jane Austen
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How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue. Jane Austen
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she thought it was the misfortune of poetry, to be seldom safely enjoyed by those who enjoyed it completely; and that the strong feelings which alone could estimate it truly, were the very feelings which ought to taste it but sparingly. Jane Austen
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The publicis rather apt to be unreasonably discontented when a woman does marry again, than when she does not. Jane Austen
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Where the heart is really attached, I know very well how little one can be pleased with the attention of any body else. Jane Austen
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but a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. it soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again. Jane Austen
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Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth. Jane Austen
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The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man, is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage! Jane Austen
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Besides, I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit. Jane Austen
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In Paragon we met Mrs Foley and Mrs Dowdeswell with her yellow shawl airing out-and at the bottom of Kinsdown Hill we met a Gentleman in a Buggy, who on minute examination turned out to be Dr Hall-and Dr Hall in such very deep mourning that either his Mother, his Wife, or himself must be dead. Jane Austen
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Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does. Jane Austen
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Your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Jane Austen
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There is hardly any personal defect which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to. Jane Austen
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Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world Jane Austen
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Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart? Jane Austen
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She was not often invited to join in the conversation of the others, nor did she desire it. Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions. Jane Austen
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...faultless in spite of all her faults... Jane Austen
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A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill. Jane Austen
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I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. Jane Austen
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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. Jane Austen
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It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. 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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You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you. Jane Austen
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But your mind is warped by an innate principle of general integrity, and, therefore, not accessible to the cool reasonings of family partiality, or a desire of revenge. Jane Austen
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There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. Jane Austen
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My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company. Jane Austen
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We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. Jane Austen
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There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. Jane Austen
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There is hardly any personal defect... which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to. Jane Austen
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With women, the heart argues, not the mind. Jane Austen
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Her family had of late been exceedingly fluctuating. For many years of her life she had had two sons; but the crime and annihilation of Edward a few weeks ago, had robbed her of one; the similar annihilation of Robert had left her for a fortnight without any; and now, by the resurrection of Edward, she had one again. Jane Austen
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It is the misfortune of poetry, to be seldom safely enjoyed by those who enjoy it completely. Jane Austen
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He had an affectionate heart. He must love somebody. Jane Austen
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The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be. Jane Austen
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It was for the sake of what had been, rather than what was. Jane Austen
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She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding. Jane Austen
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Not very good, I am afraid. But now really, do not you think Udolpho the nicest book in the world?" "The nicest-by which I suppose you mean the neatest. That must depend upon the binding. Jane Austen
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...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure. Jane Austen
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I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. I am quite enough in love. I should be sorry to be more Jane Austen
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One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. Jane Austen
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The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it. Jane Austen
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I am certainly the most fortunate creature ever existed! Jane Austen
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I do not find myself making any use of the word sacrifice. Jane Austen
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There are secrets in all families. Jane Austen
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