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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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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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You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at. 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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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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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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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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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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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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But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea. 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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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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We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. 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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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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Where a man does his best with only moderate powers, he will have the advantage over negligent superiority. 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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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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A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself. Jane Austen
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I am all astonishment. Jane Austen
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When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other's ultimate comfort. Jane Austen
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What! Would I be turned back from doing a thing that I had determined to do, and that I knew to be right, by the airs and interference of such a person, or any person I may say? No, I have no idea of being so easily persuaded. When I have made up my mind, I have made it. Jane Austen
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It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley. Jane Austen
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Yes," replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, "but that was when I first knew her; for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance. Jane Austen
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her spirits wanted the solitude and silence which only numbers could give. Jane Austen
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Without music, life would be a blank to me. Jane Austen
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Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give. Jane Austen
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..that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself Jane Austen
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...I will not allow books to prove any thing." "But how shall we prove any thing?" "We never shall. Jane Austen
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