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