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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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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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Books-oh! no. I am sure we never read the same, or not with the same feelings." "I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject. We may compare our different opinions. Jane Austen
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Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted? Jane Austen
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What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. 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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And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. 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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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
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Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise. Jane Austen
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Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. Jane Austen
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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
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What strange creatures brothers are! Jane Austen
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Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Jane Austen
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Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Jane Austen
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We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. 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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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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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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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 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
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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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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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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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... strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly seached out. 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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...but then I am unlike other people I dare say. Jane Austen
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But it is very foolish to ask questions about any young ladies - about any three sisters just grown up; for one knows, without being told, exactly what they are - all very accomplished and pleasing, and one very pretty. There is a beauty in every family. - It is a regular thing Jane Austen
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But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible. 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." -Edward Ferrars Jane Austen
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my courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me. Jane Austen
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Mr. Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs. Elton's beginning to talk to him. Jane Austen
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Where the wound had been given, there must the cure be found, if any where. Jane Austen
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My object then," replied Darcy, "was to show you, by every civility in my power, that I was not so mean as to resent the past; and I hoped to obtain your forgiveness, to lessen your ill opinion, by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to. How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell, but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you. Jane Austen
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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
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You may only call me "Mrs. Darcy"... when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy. Jane Austen
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I love you. Most ardently. Jane Austen
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There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. Jane Austen
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Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how. Jane Austen
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A report of a most alarming nature reached me two days ago. Jane Austen
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