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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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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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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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Fraternal love, sometimes almost every thing, is at others worse than nothing. 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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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid Jane Austen
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With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them. Jane Austen
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My good opinion once lost is lost forever. Jane Austen
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There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, & common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit. Jane Austen
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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
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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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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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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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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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The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone. Jane Austen
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I might as well enquire," replied she, "why with so evident a design of offending and insulting me, you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even against your character? 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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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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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 shall soon be rested, said Fanny; to sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen
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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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But Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is a part of an Englishman's constitution. His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them everywhere; one is intimate with him by instinct. Jane Austen
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You ought certainly to forgive them, as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing. Jane Austen
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Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial; but generally speaking, it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber: it is selfishness and impatience rather than generosity and fortitude, that one hears of. There is so little real friendship in the world! and unfortunately, there are so many who forget to think seriously till it is almost too late. Jane Austen
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