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Jane Austen
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...from politics, it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen
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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
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A very short trial convinced her that a curricle was the prettiest equipage in the world Jane Austen
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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
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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
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Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A person who is knowingly bent on bad behavior, gets upset when better behavior is expected of them. Jane Austen
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Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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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We must consider what Miss. Fairfax quits, before we condemn her taste for what she goes to. Jane Austen
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The sooner every party breaks up the better. Jane Austen
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Give me but a little cheerful company, let me only have the company of the people I love, let me only be where I like and with whom I like, and the devil may take the rest, say I. Jane Austen
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Lovely & too charming Fair one, notwithstanding your forbidding Squint, your greazy tresses & your swelling Back, which are more frightful than imagination can paint or pen describe, I cannot refrain from expressing my raptures, at the engaging Qualities of your Mind, which so amply atone for the Horror, with which your first appearance must ever inspire the unwary visitor. Jane Austen
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From politics it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen
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I do assure you, Sir, that I have no pretension whatever of that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man. I would rather be paid the compliment of being believed sincere. I thank you again and again for the honour you have done me in your proposals, but to accept them is absolutely impossible. My feelings in every respect forbid it. Can I speak plainer? 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
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We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. Jane Austen
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I never could be so happy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness. Jane Austen
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There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison Jane Austen
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You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner." (Elizabeth Bennett) Jane Austen
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Every young lady may feel for my heroine in this critical moment, for every young lady has at some time or other known the same agitation. Jane Austen
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The world may know my words, but it has no such privileges with my heart Jane Austen
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Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable. Jane Austen
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If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard? Jane Austen
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Woe betide him, and her too, when it comes to things of consequence, when they are placed in circumstances requiring fortitude and strength of mind, if she have not resolution enough to resist idle interference ... It is the worst evil of too yielding and indecisive a character, that no influence over it can be depended on. You are never sure of a good impression being durable; everybody may sway it. Let those who would be happy be firm. Jane Austen
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The ladies here probably exchanged looks which meant, 'Men never know when things are dirty or not;' and the gentlemen perhaps thought each to himself, 'Women will have their little nonsense and needless cares. Jane Austen
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My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire. Jane Austen
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An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous in such a high-wrought felicity; and she went to her room, and grew steadfast and fearless in the thankfulness of her enjoyment. Jane Austen
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Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left. Jane Austen
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My heart is, and always will be, yours. Jane Austen
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You, of all people, deserve a happy ending Despite everything that happened to you, you aren't bitter You aren't cold You've just retreated a little and been shy, and that's okay If I were a fairy godmother, I would give you your heart's desire in an instant And I would wipe away your tears and tell you not to cry "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen
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Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters; and sounds are quite innoxious, or most distressing, by their sort rather than their quantity. Jane Austen
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He is also handsome," replied Elizabeth, "which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete. Jane Austen
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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. Jane Austen
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You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at. Jane Austen
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But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea. Jane Austen
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What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter. Jane Austen
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She was feeling, thinking, trembling about everything; agitated, happy, miserable, infinitely obliged, absolutely angry. Jane Austen
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A very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind, and sour the temper. Those who can barely live, and who live perforce in a very small, and generally very inferior, society, may well be illiberal and cross. Jane Austen
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When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene. Jane Austen
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Mr. Bennet's expectations were fully answered. His cousin was as absurd as he had hoped, and he listened to him with the keenest enjoyment. Jane Austen
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The more I see of the world, the more am i dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistencies of all human. Jane Austen
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She was happy, she knew she was happy, and knew she ought to be happy. Jane Austen
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But if I were you, I would stand by the nephew. He has more to give. Jane Austen
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The mere habit of learning to love is the thing; and a teachableness of disposition in a young lady is a great blessing Jane Austen
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...she felt depressed beyond any thing she had ever known before. Jane Austen
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She was without any power, because she was without any desire of command over herself. Jane Austen
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You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it. Jane Austen
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And from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady. Jane Austen
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Mrs. Jennings was a widow, with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world. Jane Austen
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I wish I might take this for a compliment; but to be so easily seen through I am afraid is pitiful. Jane Austen
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Teach us...... that we may feel the importance of every day, of every hour, as it passes. Jane Austen
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If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad. Jane Austen
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Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her. Jane Austen
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Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope. Jane Austen
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Thus much indeed he was obliged to acknowledge - that he had been constant unconsciously, nay unintentionally; that he had meant to forget her, and believed it to be done. He had imagined himself indifferent, when he had only been angry; and he had been unjust to her merits, because he had been a sufferer from them. Jane Austen
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There, he had seen every thing to exalt in his estimation the woman he had lost, and there begun to deplore the pride, the folly, the madness of resentment, which had kept him from trying to regain her when thrown in his way. Jane Austen
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Do you talk by rule, then, while you are dancing?" Sometimes. One must speak a little, you know. It would look odd to be entirely silent for half an hour together, and yet for the advantage of some, conversation ought to be so arranged as that they may have the trouble of saying as little as possible. Jane Austen
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Nay," cried Bingley, "this is too much, to remember at night all the foolish things that were said in the morning. Jane Austen
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I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead; but I am afraid they're not alive. Jane Austen
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I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. Jane Austen
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Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. Jane Austen
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It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study? Jane Austen
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