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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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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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Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world 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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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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If I was wrong in yielding to persuasion once, remember that it was to persuasion exerted on the side of safety, not of risk. When I yielded, I thought it was to duty; but no duty could be called in aid here. In marrying a man indifferent to me, all risk would have been incurred and all duty violated. Jane Austen
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I go too long without picking up a good book, I feel like I've done nothing useful with my life. 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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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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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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Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world. Jane Austen
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In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels. Jane Austen
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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Jane Austen
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Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony. Jane Austen
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One man's style must not be the rule of another's. Jane Austen
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If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next. Jane Austen
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My sore throats are always worse than anyone's. Jane Austen
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There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them. 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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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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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
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Evil to some is always good to others Jane Austen
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The worst crimes; are the crimes of the heart 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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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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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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We are all fools in love Jane Austen
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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
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What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh. Jane Austen
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Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness. Jane Austen
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... 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
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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
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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
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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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You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever. Jane Austen
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Indulge your imagination in every possible flight. 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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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
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Mr. Darcy began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention. 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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