Jane Austen Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. Jane Austen

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

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. Jane Austen

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. Jane Austen

Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces. Jane Austen

For what do we live, but to make sport by subjecting our neighbors to endless discretionary review for minor additions? Jane Austen

A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill. Jane Austen

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. Jane Austen

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. Jane Austen

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Jane Austen

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

He certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person. Jane Austen

I have always maintained the importance of Aunts Jane Austen

Portable property is happiness in a pocketbook. Jane Austen

A Mr. (save, perhaps, some half dozen in the nation,) always needs a note of explanation. Jane Austen

An egg boiled very soft is not unwholesome. Jane Austen

Her companion's discourse now sunk from its hitherto animated pitch, to nothing more than a short, decisive sentence of praise or condemnation on the face of every woman they met; and Catherine, after listening and agreeing as long as she could,with all the civility and deference of the youthful female mind, fearful of hazarding an opinion of its own in opposition to that of a self-assured man, especially where the beauty of her own sex is concerned, ventured at length to vary the subject... Jane Austen

Evil to some is always good to others Jane Austen

The worst crimes; are the crimes of the heart Jane Austen

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

...but there are some situations of the human mind in which good sense has very little power... Jane Austen

Fanny! You are killing me!" "No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford. Jane Austen

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

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

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

We are all fools in love Jane Austen

No: the years which had destroyed her youth and bloom had only given him a more glowing, manly, open look, in no respect lessening his personal advantages. She had seen the same Frederick Wentworth. Jane Austen

What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh. Jane Austen

Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness. Jane Austen

... But he recommended the books which charmed her leisure hours, he encouraged her taste, and corrected her judgment; he made reading useful by talking to her of what she read, and heightened its attraction by judicious praise. Jane Austen

She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was an union that must have been to the advantage of both: by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved; and from his judgement, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance. Jane Austen

I have no more to say. If this be the case, he deserves you. I could not have parted with you, my Lizzy, to any one less worthy. Jane Austen

Those who have not more must be satisfied with what they have. Jane Austen

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

You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. -Mr. Darcy Jane Austen

Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common. Jane Austen

No- I cannot talk of books in a ballroom; my head is always full of something else. Jane Austen

Oh! write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself. Jane Austen

We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured. We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does. Jane Austen

Mr. Darcy began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention. Jane Austen

My good opinion once lost is lost forever. Jane Austen

There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, & common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit. Jane Austen

Catherine hoped at least to pass uncensured through the crowd. As for admiration, it was always very welcome when it came, but she did not depend on it. Jane Austen

I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit. Jane Austen

I believe you [men] capable of everything great and good in your married lives. I believe you equal to every important exertion, and to every domestic forbearance, so long as - if I may be allowed the expression, so long as you have an object. I mean, while the woman you love lives, and lives for you. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one, you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone. Jane Austen

She had nothing to wish otherwise, but that the days did not pass so swiftly. It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short. Jane Austen

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

No one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. Jane Austen

I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself. Jane Austen

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

There seemed a gulf impassable between them. Jane Austen

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

Life could do nothing for her, beyond giving time for a better preparation for death. Jane Austen

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

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

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

Our scars make us know that our past was for real Jane Austen

Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. Jane Austen

Catherine [...] enjoyed her usual happiness with Henry Tilney, listening with sparkling eyes to everything he said; and, in finding him irresistible, becoming so herself. Jane Austen

There could have never been two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Now they were as strangers; nay, worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted. It was a perpetual estrangement. Jane Austen

The longer they were together the more doubtful seemed the nature of his regard, and sometimes for a few painful minutes she believed it to be no more than friendship Jane Austen

There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well. Jane Austen

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