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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 do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly. Jane Austen
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It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; - it is disposition alone. 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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No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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. Jane Austen
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...why did we wait for any thing?-why not seize the pleasure at once?-How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! Jane Austen
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One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound... Jane Austen
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Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay everything open? Jane Austen
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I pay very little regard... to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. Jane Austen
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The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all, it is very tiresome; and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention. Jane Austen
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My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.' 'You are mistaken,' said he gently, 'that is not good company, that is the best. Jane Austen
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She gloried in being a sailor's wife, but she must pay the tax of quick alarm for belonging to that profession which is, if possible, more distinguished in its domestic virtues than in its national importance. Jane Austen
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A man... must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside, and encounter such a day as this, for the sake of coming to see him. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow. Jane Austen
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There are certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are of pretty woman to deserve them. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 no talent for certainty. Jane Austen
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I do suspect that he is not really necessary to my happiness. Jane Austen
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His feelings are warm, but I can imagine them rather changeable. Jane Austen
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Time, time will heal the wound. Jane Austen
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Upon the whole, therefore, she found what had been sometimes found before, that an event to which she had looked forward with impatient desire, did not, in taking place, bring all the satisfaction she had promised herself. Jane Austen
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I can never be important to any one.' 'What is to prevent you?' 'Every thing - my situation - my foolishness and awkwardness. Jane Austen
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You men have none of you any hearts.' 'If we have not hearts, we have eyes; and they give us torment enough. Jane Austen
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My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last? Jane Austen
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Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of distinction among her companions Jane Austen
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I think him every thing that is worthy and amiable. Jane Austen
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Marianne Dashwood was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims. Jane Austen
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