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Jane Austen
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An annuity is a very serious business. Jane Austen

We must consider what Miss. Fairfax quits, before we condemn her taste for what she goes to. Jane Austen

A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her. Jane Austen

It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Jane Austen

It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering. Jane Austen

Sitting with her on Sunday evening - a wet Sunday evening - the very time of all others when if a friend is at hand the heart must be opened, and every thing told... Jane Austen

He had an affectionate heart. He must love somebody. Jane Austen

Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done. Jane Austen

From a night of more sleep than she had expected, Marianne awoke the next morning to the same consciousness of misery in which she had closed her eyes. Jane Austen

How clever you are, to know something of which you are ignorant. Jane Austen

An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged: no harm can be done. Jane Austen

There are people who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. Jane Austen

A natural sequel of an unnatural beginning. Jane Austen

Nobody could catch cold by the sea; nobody wanted appetite by the sea; nobody wanted spirits; nobody wanted strength. Sea air was healing, softening, relaxing - fortifying and bracing - seemingly just as was wanted - sometimes one, sometimes the other. If the sea breeze failed, the seabath was the certain corrective; and where bathing disagreed, the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure. Jane Austen

She attracted him more than he liked. Jane Austen

You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. Jane Austen

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. Jane Austen

He may live in my memory as the most amiable man of my acquaintance.. Jane Austen

I am fond of history and am very well contented to take the false with the true. In the principal facts they have sources of intelligence in former histories and records, which may be as much depended on, I conclude, as anything that does not actually pass under ones own observation; and as for the little embellishments you speak of, they are embellishments, and I like them as such. Jane Austen

Well, my dear," said Mr. Bennet, when Elizabeth had read the note aloud, "if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness-if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley, and under your orders. Jane Austen

People that marry can never part, but must go and keep house together. People that dance only stand opposite each other in a long room for half an hour. Jane Austen

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

The last few hours were certainly very painful," replied Anne: "but when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure. One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering- Jane Austen

Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart. Jane Austen

And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading. Jane Austen

This was a lucky recollection - it saved her from something like regret. Jane Austen

The distance is nothing when one has a motive. Jane Austen

She denied none of it aloud, and agreed to none of it in private. Jane Austen

my good qualities are under your protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible; and, in return, it belongs to me to find occasion for teasing and quarreling with you as often as may be... Jane Austen

I use the verb 'to torment,' as I observed to be your own method, instead of 'to instruct,' supposing them to be now admitted as synonymous. Jane Austen

Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Jane Austen

In a letter from Bath to her sister, Cassandra, one senses her frustration at her sheltered existence, Tuesday, 12 May 1801. Another stupid party . . . with six people to look on, and talk nonsense to each other. Jane Austen

Then it would not be so strong a sense. If it failed to produce equal exertion, it could not be an equal conviction. Jane Austen

How much I love every thing that is decided and open! Jane Austen

If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate. Jane Austen

it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. Jane Austen

Where love is there is no labor; and if there be labor, that labor is loved. Jane Austen

A persuadable temper might sometimes be as much in favour of happiness as a very resolute character. Jane Austen

The evergreen! How beautiful, how welcome, how wonderful the evergreen! When one thinks of it, how astonishing a variety of nature! In some countries we know that the tree that sheds its leaf is the variety, but that does not make it less amazing, that the same soil and the same sun should nurture plants differing in the first rule and law of their existence. Jane Austen

A submissive spirit might be patient, a strong understanding would supply resolution, but here was something more; here was that elasticity of mind, that disposition to be comforted, that power of turning readily from evil to good, and of finding employment which carried her out of herself, which was from nature alone. It was the choicest gift of Heaven; and Anne viewed her friend as one of those instances in which, by a merciful appointment, it seems designed to counterbalance almost every other want. Jane Austen

I encourage him to be in his garden as often as possible. Then he has to walk to Rosings nearly every day. ... I admit I encourage him in that also. Jane Austen

If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient. Jane Austen

The stream is as good as at first; the little rubbish it collects in the turnings is easily moved away. Jane Austen

Time will generally lessen the interest of every attachment not within the daily circle. Jane Austen

Yes, I found myself, by insensible degrees, sincerely fond of her; and the happiest hours of my life were what I spent with her. Jane Austen

You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. Jane Austen

Sophia shrieked and fainted on the ground - I screamed and instantly ran mad. We remained thus mutually deprived of our senses, some minutes, and on regaining them were deprived of them again. For an Hour and a Quarter did we continue in this unfortunate situation - Sophia fainting every moment and I running mad as often. At length a groan from the hapless Edward (who alone retained any share of life) restored us to ourselves. Jane Austen

What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you. Jane Austen

Look into your own heart because who looks outside, dreams, but who looks inside awakes. Jane Austen

How could it be? She watched, observed, reflected, and finally determined that this was not a case of fortitude or of resignation only. A submissive spirit might be patient, a strong understanding would supply resolution, but here was something more; here was that elasticity of mind, that disposition to be comforted, that power of turning readily from evil to good, and of finding employment which carried her out of herself, which was from nature alone. It was the choicest gift of Heaven. Jane Austen

The only time I ever really suffered in body or mind, the only time that I ever fancied myself unwell, or had any ideas of danger, was the winter that I passed by myself. As long as we could be together, nothing ever ailed me, and I never met with the smallest inconvenience. Jane Austen

Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others. Jane Austen

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

She married Philip King of Spain, who in her sister's reign, was famous for building Armadas. Jane Austen

I am afraid, replied Elinor, that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety. Jane Austen

But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them. Jane Austen

...from politics, it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen

It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire. Jane Austen

A very short trial convinced her that a curricle was the prettiest equipage in the world Jane Austen

And I, Mr. Knightley, am equally stout in my confidence of its not doing them any harm. With all dear Emma's little faults, she is an excellent creature. Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? No, no; she has qualities which may be trusted; she will never lead any one really wrong; she will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times. Jane Austen

From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced. Jane Austen

Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections. Jane Austen

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

Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how. Jane Austen

A report of a most alarming nature reached me two days ago. Jane Austen

I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control. Jane Austen

Dear Diary, Today I tried not to think about Mr. Knightly. I tried not to think about him when I discussed the menu with Cook... I tried not to think about him in the garden where I thrice plucked the petals off a daisy to acertain his feelings for Harriet. I don't think we should keep daisies in the garden, they really are a drab little flower. And I tried not to think about him when I went to bed, but something had to be done. Jane Austen

And what am I to do on the occasion? - It seems an hopeless business. Jane Austen

I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. Jane Austen

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. Jane Austen



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