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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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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
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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
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Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Jane Austen
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This was a lucky recollection - it saved her from something like regret. Jane Austen
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Look into your own heart because who looks outside, dreams, but who looks inside awakes. Jane Austen
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And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading. Jane Austen
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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
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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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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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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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To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment. Jane Austen
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How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! Jane Austen
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One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. Jane Austen
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To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive. 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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From politics it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen
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A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not. Jane Austen
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It is only a novel... or, 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 humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language Jane Austen
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His own enjoyment, or his own ease, was, in every particular, his ruling principle. Jane Austen
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Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint! Jane Austen
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You deserve a longer letter than this; but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve. Jane Austen
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Her form, though not so correct as her sister's, in having the advantage of height, was more striking; and her face was so lovely, that when in the common cant of praise she was called a beautiful girl, truth was less violently outraged than usually happens. Jane Austen
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I can easily believe it. Women of that class have great opportunities, and if they are intelligent may be well worth listening to. Such varieites of human nature as they are in the habit of witnessing! And it is not merely in its follies, that they are read; for they see it occasionally under every circumstance that can be most interesting or affecting. What instances must pass before them of ardent, disinterested, self-denying attachment, of heroism, fortitude, patience, resignation- of all the sacrifices that ennoble us most. A sick chamber may often furnish the worth of volumes. Jane Austen
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I . . . am always half afraid of finding a clever novel too clever-& of finding my own story & my own people all forestalled. Jane Austen
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I am now convinced that I have never been much in love; for had I really experienced that pure and elevating passion, I should at present detest his very name, and wish him all manner of evil. But my feelings are not only cordial towards him; they are even impartial towards her. I cannot find out that I hate her at all, or that I am in the least unwilling to think her a very good sort of girl. There can be no love in all this. Jane Austen
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Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love? Jane Austen
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She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. Jane Austen
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A scheme of which every part promises delight, can never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by the defence of some little peculiar vexation. Jane Austen
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Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot's character; vanity of person and of situation. Jane Austen
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There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome." "And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody." "And yours," he replied with a smile, "is wilfully to misunderstand them. Jane Austen
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When I fall in love, it will be forever. Jane Austen
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It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does. And men take care that they should. Jane Austen
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One can never have too large a party. Jane Austen
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Is not poetry the food of love? Jane Austen
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Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves. Jane Austen
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There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time. 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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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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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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I have read your book, and I disapprove. Jane Austen
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How can I dispose of myself with it? Jane Austen
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There seems almost a general wish of descrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them. 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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You are very kind in planning presents for me to make, and my mother has shown me exactly the same attention; but as I do not choose to have generosity dictated to me, I shall not resolve on giving my cabinet to Anna till the first thought of it has been my own. Jane Austen
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a vast deal may be done by those who dare to act. Jane Austen
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I will not allow it to be more man's nature than woman's to be inconstant ... Jane Austen
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it is a shocking trick for a young person to be always lolling upon a sofa. Jane Austen
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I have often observed that resignation is never so perfect as when the blessing denied begins to lose somewhat of its value in our eyes. Jane Austen
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At my time of life opinions are tolerably fixed. It is not likely that I should now see or hear anything to change them. Jane Austen
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If I am wrong, I am doing what I believe to the right. Jane Austen
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I should not mind anything at all. Jane Austen
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