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It was for the sake of what had been, rather than what was. 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 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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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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Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart? 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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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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There is hardly any personal defect which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to. 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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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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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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I am sure of this, that if everybody was to drink their bottle a day, there would be not half the disorders in the world there are now. It would be a famous good thing for us all. Jane Austen
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He certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person. Jane Austen
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I have always maintained the importance of Aunts Jane Austen
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I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me. Jane Austen
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I cannot make speeches, Emma...If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. Jane Austen
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That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit. Jane Austen
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I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am. Jane Austen
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for he is such a disagreeable man, that it would be quite a misfortune to be liked by him. Jane Austen
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She tried to explain the real state of the case to her sister. "I do not attempt to deny," said she, "that I think very highly of him-that I greatly esteem, that I like him." Marianne here burst with forth with indignation: "Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor. Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again, and I will leave the room this moment." Elinor could not help laughing. "Excuse me," said she, "and be assured that I meant no offence to you, by speaking, in so quiet a way, of my own feelings. Jane Austen
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You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them. Jane Austen
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Every savage can dance. Jane Austen
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Expect a most agreeable letter; for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say) I shall have no check to my Genius from beginning to end. Jane Austen
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She [Mary I] married Philip King of Spain, who in her sister's reign, was famous for building Armadas. Jane Austen
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I must have my share in the conversation... Jane Austen
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Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life." "I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think. Jane Austen
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Now they were as strangers; nay worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted. Jane Austen
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She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous. Jane Austen
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And have you never known the pleasure and triumph of a lucky guess? I pity you. I thought you cleverer; for depend upon it, a lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it. Jane Austen
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Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex. Jane Austen
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She went, however, and they sauntered about together many a half hour in Mr. Grant's shrubbery, the weather being unusually mild for the time of year, and venturing sometimes even to sit down on one of the benches now comparatively unsheltered, remaining there perhaps till, in the midst of some tender ejaculation of Fanny's on the sweets of so protracted an autumn, they were forced by the sudden swell of a cold gust shaking down the last few yellow leaves about them, to jump up and walk for warmth. Jane Austen
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I read it [history] a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. 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 - it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention. Jane Austen
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...but there are some situations of the human mind in which good sense has very little power... Jane Austen
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Fanny! You are killing me!" "No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford. Jane Austen
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There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it. Jane Austen
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Our scars make us know that our past was for real Jane Austen
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Portable property is happiness in a pocketbook. Jane Austen
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A Mr. (save, perhaps, some half dozen in the nation,) always needs a note of explanation. Jane Austen
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An egg boiled very soft is not unwholesome. Jane Austen
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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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I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself. Jane Austen
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It would be difficult to say which had seen highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest: she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted. Jane Austen
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There seemed a gulf impassable between them. Jane Austen
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He listened to her with silent attention, and on her ceasing to speak, rose directly from his seat, and after saying in a voice of emotion, 'To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby, that he may endeavor to deserve her,' took leave, and went away. Jane Austen
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Life could do nothing for her, beyond giving time for a better preparation for death. Jane Austen
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We can all begin freely-a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. Jane Austen
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May I ask you what these questions tend?' 'Merely to the illustration of your character,' said she, endeavouring to shake off her gravity. 'I am trying to make it out.' 'And what is your success?' She shook her head. 'I do not get on at all. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly. Jane Austen
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there is not one in a hundred of either sex, who is not taken in when they marry. ... it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves. Jane Austen
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No one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. Jane Austen
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I consider a country-dance as an emblem of marriage. Fidelity and complaisance are the principle duties of both; and those men who do not choose to dance or to marry them selves, have no business with the partners or wives of the neighbors. Jane Austen
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An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do. Jane Austen
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Oh!" said she, "I heard you before, but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say 'Yes,' that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have, therefore made up my mind to tell you, that I do not want to dance a reel at all-and now despise me if you dare." "Indeed I do not dare. Jane Austen
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It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. Jane Austen
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Upon the whole, therefore, she found, what has been sometimes found before, that an event to which she had looked forward with impatient desire, did not in taking place, bring all the satisfaction she had promised herself. It was consequently necessary to name some other period for the commencement of actual felicity; to have some other point on which her wishes and hopes might be fixed, and by again enjoying the pleasure of anticipation, console herself for the present, and prepare for another disappointment. Jane Austen
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Those who have not more must be satisfied with what they have. Jane Austen
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I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. Jane Austen
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You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. -Mr. Darcy Jane Austen
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Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common. Jane Austen
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No- I cannot talk of books in a ballroom; my head is always full of something else. Jane Austen
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Oh! write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself. Jane Austen
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Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. Jane Austen
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There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal... Jane Austen
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If there is any thing disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it. Jane Austen
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