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Jane Austen
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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
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Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?" "For the liveliness of your mind, I did. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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
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Let us have no ranting tragedies. Too many charactersNot a tolerable woman's part in the play. Jane Austen
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There were several Battles between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians, in which the former (as they ought) usually won. Jane Austen
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Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen
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I can always live by my pen. Jane Austen
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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
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This is an evening of wonders, indeed! Jane Austen
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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
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He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed.... Jane Austen
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It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. Jane Austen
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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
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Till this moment I never knew myself. Jane Austen
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But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever. Jane Austen
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To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of 26 and 18 is to do pretty well Jane Austen
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The less said the better. Jane Austen
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Eleanor went to her room "where she was free to think and be wretched. Jane Austen
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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
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We certainly do not forget you as soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions. Jane Austen
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Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation. It was an overpowering happiness. Jane Austen
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She would have liked to know how he felt as to a meeting. Perhaps indifferent, if indifference could exist under such circumstances. He must be either indifferent or unwilling. Has he wished ever to see her again, he need not have waited till this time; he would have done what she could not but believe that in his place she should have done long ago, when events had been early giving him the indepencence which alone had been wanting. Jane Austen
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His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything. Jane Austen
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We certainly do not forget you, so soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. Jane Austen
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It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she should see something else. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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She tried to be calm, and leave things to take their course; and tried to dwell much on this argument of rational dependence - "Surely, if there be constant attachment on each side, our hearts must understand each other ere long. We are not boy and girl, to be captiously irritable, misled by every moment's inadvertence, and wantonly playing with our own happiness." And yet, a few minutes afterwards, she felt as if their being in company with each other, under their present circumstances, could only be exposing them to inadvertencies and misconstructions of the most mischievous kind. Jane Austen
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She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older - the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning. Jane Austen
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In nine cases out of ten a women had better show more affection than she feels. Jane Austen
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If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost any attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin "freely"- as light preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have a heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. Jane Austen
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Here I am once more in this scene of dissipation and vice, and I begin already to find my morals corrupted. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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
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A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing any thing, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen
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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
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One cannot have too large a party. Jane Austen
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She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. Jane Austen
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A novel must show how the world truly is. Somehow, reveals the true source of our actions. Jane Austen
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Goldsmith tells us, that when lovely woman stoops to folly, she has nothing to do but to die; and when she stoops to be disagreeable, it is equally to be recommended as a clearer of ill-fame. Jane Austen
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Personal size and mental sorrow have certainly no necessary proportions. A large bulky figure has a good a right to be in deep affliction, as the most graceful set of limbs in the world. But, fair or not fair, there are unbecoming conjunctions, which reason will pa tronize in vain,-which taste cannot tolerate,-which ridicule will seize. Jane Austen
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I have not a doubt of your doing very well together. Your tempers are by no means unlike. You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income. Jane Austen
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I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet: I send no compliments to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased. Jane Austen
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If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost any attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin 'freely'- as light preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have a heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. Jane Austen
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It was not in her nature, however, to increase her vexations by dwelling on them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was not part of her disposition. Jane Austen
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And now I may dismiss my heroine to the sleepless couch, which is the true heroine's portion - to a pillow strewed with thorns and wet with tears. And lucky may she think herself, if she get another good night's rest in the course of the next three months. Jane Austen
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But Catherine did not know her own advantages - did not know that a good-looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward. Jane Austen
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Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? Jane Austen
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... strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly seached out. Jane Austen
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Too many cooks spoil the broth Jane Austen
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Everything nourishes what is strong already Jane Austen
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You must be the best judge of your own happiness. Jane Austen
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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
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...dearest, loveliest Elizabeth [...] By you, I was properly humbled. Jane Austen
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Arguments are too much like disputes. 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. 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
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An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous. Jane Austen
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It sometimes is a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection from the object of it, she may loose the opportunity of fixing him. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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
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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
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What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? Jane Austen
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I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness ... Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy. Jane Austen
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A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her. Jane Austen
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It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Jane Austen
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It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering. Jane Austen
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