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Jane Austen
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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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Where love is there is no labor; and if there be labor, that labor is loved. Jane Austen
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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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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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If gratitude and esteem are good foundations of affection, Elizabeth's change of sentiment will be neither improbable nor faulty. But if otherwise-if regard springing from such sources is unreasonable or unnatural, in comparison of what is so often described as arising on a first interview with its object, and even before two words have been exchanged, nothing can be said in her defence, except that she had given somewhat of a trial to the latter method in her partiality for Wickham, and that its ill success might, perhaps, authorise her to seek the other less interesting mode of attachment. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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