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Jane Austen
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It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first. Jane Austen

We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him. Jane Austen

I have made myself two or three caps to wear of evenings since I came home, and they save me a world of torment as to hair-dressing, which at present gives me no trouble beyond washing and brushing, for my long hair is always plaited up out of sight, and my short hair curls well enough to want no papering. Jane Austen

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

And pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked. Jane Austen

I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men." "Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything. Jane Austen

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Jane Austen

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. Jane Austen

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions. Jane Austen

A person who is knowingly bent on bad behavior, gets upset when better behavior is expected of them. Jane Austen

Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret. Jane Austen

To yield readily-easily-to the persuasion of a friend is no merit.... To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either. Jane Austen

To love is to burn, to be on fire. Jane Austen

To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment. Jane Austen

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! Jane Austen

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. Jane Austen

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

From politics it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen

I have read your book, and I disapprove. Jane Austen

How can I dispose of myself with it? Jane Austen

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

What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter. Jane Austen

She was feeling, thinking, trembling about everything; agitated, happy, miserable, infinitely obliged, absolutely angry. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

She was happy, she knew she was happy, and knew she ought to be happy. Jane Austen

But if I were you, I would stand by the nephew. He has more to give. Jane Austen

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

...she felt depressed beyond any thing she had ever known before. Jane Austen

She was without any power, because she was without any desire of command over herself. Jane Austen

You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it. Jane Austen

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

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

If I am wrong, I am doing what I believe to the right. Jane Austen

I should not mind anything at all. Jane Austen

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

We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. Jane Austen

To be so bent on Marriage - to pursue a man merely for the sake of situation - is a sort of thing that shocks me; I cannot understand it. Poverty is a great Evil, but to a woman of Education and feeling it ought not, it cannot be the greatest. I would rather be a teacher at a school (and I can think of nothing worse) than marry a man I did not like. Jane Austen

You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at. Jane Austen

But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea. Jane Austen

No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Jane Austen

She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen

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

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

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

Nay," cried Bingley, "this is too much, to remember at night all the foolish things that were said in the morning. Jane Austen

I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead; but I am afraid they're not alive. Jane Austen

I never could be so happy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness. Jane Austen

There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison Jane Austen

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

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

The world may know my words, but it has no such privileges with my heart Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

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

The sooner every party breaks up the better. Jane Austen

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

My heart is, and always will be, yours. Jane Austen

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

a vast deal may be done by those who dare to act. Jane Austen

I will not allow it to be more man's nature than woman's to be inconstant ... Jane Austen

it is a shocking trick for a young person to be always lolling upon a sofa. Jane Austen

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

Where a man does his best with only moderate powers, he will have the advantage over negligent superiority. Jane Austen

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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