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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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Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. 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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well. Jane Austen
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Women are the only correspondents to be depended on. 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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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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Lovely & too charming Fair one, notwithstanding your forbidding Squint, your greazy tresses & your swelling Back, which are more frightful than imagination can paint or pen describe, I cannot refrain from expressing my raptures, at the engaging Qualities of your Mind, which so amply atone for the Horror, with which your first appearance must ever inspire the unwary visitor. Jane Austen
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My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them-by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents. Jane Austen
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