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Jane Austen
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I have frequently detected myself in such kind of mistakes... in a total misapprehension of character at some point or other: fancying people so much more gay or grave, or ingenious or stupid than they really are, and I can hardly tell why, or in what the deception originated. Sometimes one is guided by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge. Jane Austen

Heaven forbid! - That would be the greatest misfortune of all! - To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! - Do not wish me such an evil. Jane Austen

The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's. Jane Austen

How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them! Jane Austen

I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding?joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid leaves with disgust. Jane Austen

I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. Jane Austen

Young ladies should take care of themselves. Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their complexion. My dear, did you change your stockings? Jane Austen

The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. The late owner of this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for many years of his life, had a constant companion and housekeeper in his sister. Jane Austen

A single woman with a narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid, the proper sport of boys and girls, but a single woman of fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else. Jane Austen

I would rather have young people settle on a small income at once, and have to struggle with a few difficulties together, than be involved in a long engagement. Jane Austen

And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. Jane Austen

Too many cooks spoil the broth Jane Austen

Everything nourishes what is strong already Jane Austen

You must be the best judge of your own happiness. Jane Austen

I often think," she said, "that there is nothing so bad as parting with one's friends. One seems to forlorn without them. Jane Austen

...dearest, loveliest Elizabeth [...] By you, I was properly humbled. Jane Austen

Arguments are too much like disputes. Jane Austen

Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Jane Austen

Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can't be without. Jane Austen

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. No man of any brain can open at a good part of one of his plays without falling into the flow of his meaning immediately. Jane Austen

An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous. Jane Austen

Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all. Jane Austen

One likes to hear what is to be going on, to be au fair with the newest modes of being trifling and silly. Jane Austen

I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. Jane Austen

Oh! It is only a novel!...' in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language. Jane Austen

A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing any thing, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen

She was nothing more than a mere good-tempered, civil and obliging young woman; as such we could scarcely dislike her - she was only an Object of Contempt. Jane Austen

One cannot have too large a party. Jane Austen

She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. Jane Austen

Here I am once more in this scene of dissipation and vice, and I begin already to find my morals corrupted. Jane Austen

She was of course only too good for him; but as nobody minds having what is too good for them, he was very steadily earnest in the pursuit of the blessing... Jane Austen

What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? Jane Austen

Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise. Jane Austen

Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. Jane Austen

she was oppressed, she was overcome by her own felicity; and happily disposed as is the human mind to be easily familiarized with any change for the better, it required several hours to give sedateness to her spirits, or any degree of tranquillity to her heart. Jane Austen

What strange creatures brothers are! Jane Austen

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of. Jane Austen

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun. Jane Austen

but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short. Jane Austen

It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable. Jane Austen

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out. Jane Austen

Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?" "For the liveliness of your mind, I did. Jane Austen

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way. Jane Austen

Pity is for this life, pity is the worm inside the meat, pity is the meat, pity is the shaking pencil, pity is the shaking voice- not enough money, not enough love-pity for all of us-it is our grace, walking down the ramp or on the moving sidewalk, sitting in a chair, reading the paper, pity, turning a leaf to the light, arranging a thorn. Jane Austen

There are such beings in the world - perhaps one in a thousand - as the creature you and I should think perfection; where grace and spirit are united to worth, where the manners are equal to the heart and understanding; but such a person may not come in your way, or, if he does, he may not be the eldest son of a man of fortune, the near relation of your particular friend, and belonging to your own county. Jane Austen

Let us have no ranting tragedies. Too many charactersNot a tolerable woman's part in the play. Jane Austen

There were several Battles between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians, in which the former (as they ought) usually won. Jane Austen

Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen

I can always live by my pen. Jane Austen

I have been used to consider poetry as "the food of love" said Darcy. "Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away. Jane Austen

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. Jane Austen

This is an evening of wonders, indeed! Jane Austen

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. Jane Austen

He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed.... Jane Austen

It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. Jane Austen

I certainly have not the talent which some people possess," said Darcy, "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done. Jane Austen

Till this moment I never knew myself. Jane Austen

But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever. Jane Austen

To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of 26 and 18 is to do pretty well Jane Austen

The less said the better. Jane Austen

Eleanor went to her room "where she was free to think and be wretched. Jane Austen

Incline us oh God! to think humbly of ourselves, to be severe only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness, and to judge of all they say and do with that charity which we would desire from them ourselves. Jane Austen

it is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one's life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it. Jane Austen

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Jane Austen

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Jane Austen

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. Jane Austen

From the very beginning- from the first moment, I may almost say- of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry. Jane Austen

It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind. Jane Austen

The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder. Jane Austen

A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who can do it, where there is no doubt of her regard, must, I think, be the happiest of mortals. Jane Austen



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