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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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I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress. Jane Austen
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Success supposes endeavour. Jane Austen
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I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any. Jane Austen
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people always live for ever when there is an annuity to be paid them Jane Austen
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I walk: I prefer walking. Jane Austen
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I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage. 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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Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side. Jane Austen
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A lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it. 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 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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...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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She wished such words unsaid with all her heart Jane Austen
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Her mind was all disorder. The past, present, future, every thing was terrible. Jane Austen
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...each found her greatest safety in silence... Jane Austen
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I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both. Jane Austen
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I am determined that only the deepest love will induce me into matrimony. So... I shall end an old maid, and teach your ten children to embroider cushions and play their instruments very ill. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Self-knowledge is the first step to maturity. Jane Austen
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In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided among the sexes. Jane Austen
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A very short trial convinced her that a curricle was the prettiest equipage in the world. Jane Austen
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About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income. Jane Austen
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The post-office is a wonderful establishment! The regularity and dispatch of it! If one thinks of all that it has to do, and all that it does so well, it is really astonishing! Jane Austen
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One cannot have too large a party. A large party secures its own amusement. Jane Austen
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