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A persuadable temper might sometimes be as much in favour of happiness as a very resolute character. Jane Austen
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A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who can do it, where there is no doubt of her regard, must, I think, be the happiest of mortals. Jane Austen
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An annuity is a very serious business. Jane Austen
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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
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There are people who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. Jane Austen
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She married Philip King of Spain, who in her sister's reign, was famous for building Armadas. Jane Austen
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I am afraid, replied Elinor, that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety. Jane Austen
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But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them. 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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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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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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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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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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From politics it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen
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The sooner every party breaks up the better. 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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My fingers,' said Elizabeth, 'do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many woman's do. They have not the same force of rapidity and do not possess the same expression. But then I have always supposed it to be my own fault-because I would not take the trouble if practicing. It is not that I do not believe my fingers as capable as any other woman's of superior execution.' Darcy smiled and said, 'You are perfectly right. Jane Austen
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The power of doing any thing with quickness is always much prized by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance. - Mr Darcy Jane Austen
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I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man. Jane Austen
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There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. 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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For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn? Jane Austen
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Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. Jane Austen
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It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before. Jane Austen
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Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain. Jane Austen
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Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. 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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One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best. Jane Austen
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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. 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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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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