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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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