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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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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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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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What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. 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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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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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
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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
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but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short. Jane Austen
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It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable. Jane Austen
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What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? Jane Austen
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It is not every man's fate to marry the woman who loves him best 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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Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Jane Austen
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Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can't be without. 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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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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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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... strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly seached out. 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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I love you. Most ardently. 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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Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? 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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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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You have delighted us long enough. 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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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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This was a lucky recollection - it saved her from something like regret. Jane Austen
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The distance is nothing when one has a motive. Jane Austen
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She denied none of it aloud, and agreed to none of it in private. Jane Austen
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