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Jane Austen
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She looked back as well as she could; but it was all confusion. She had taken up the idea, she supposed and made everything bend to it. Jane Austen
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I have the highest respect for your nerves, they are my old friends. Jane Austen
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Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply... Jane Austen
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Almost anything is possible with time Jane Austen
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One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy. Jane Austen
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A Woman never looks better than on horseback Jane Austen
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It is indolence... Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine. Jane Austen
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It does not appear to me that my hand is unworthy your acceptance, or that the establishment I can offer would be any other than highly desirable. Jane Austen
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There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. Jane Austen
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To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. Jane Austen
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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen
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An artist cannot do anything slovenly. Jane Austen
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Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. Jane Austen
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Nobody minds having what is too good for them. Jane Austen
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Respect for right conduct is felt by every body. Jane Austen
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From politics, it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen
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Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does. 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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There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense. Jane Austen
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What are men to rocks and mountains? Jane Austen
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Miss Morland, no one can think more highly of the understanding of women than I do. In my opinion, nature has given them so much, that they never find it necessary to use more than half. Jane Austen
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I assure you. I have no notion of treating men with such respect. That is the way to spoil them. Jane Austen
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Better be without sense than misapply it as you do. Jane Austen
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There was no being displeased with such an encourager, for his admiration made him discern a likeness before it was possible. Jane Austen
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You either choose this method of passing the evening because you are in each other's confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking;- if the first, I should be completely in your way, and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire. Jane Austen
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Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber; it is selfishness and impatience rather than generosity and fortitude, that one hears of. There is so little real friendship in the world! - and unfortunately' (speaking low and tremulously) 'there are so many who forget to think seriously till it is almost too late. Jane Austen
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I wrote without much effort; for I was rich, and the rich are always respectable, whatever be their style of writing. Jane Austen
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I have now attained the true art of letter-writing, which we are always told, is to express on paper exactly what one would say to the same person by word of mouth. Jane Austen
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There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do if he chooses, and that is his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigour and resolution. - Mr. Knightley Jane Austen
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There is nothing like employment, active indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow. Employment, even melancholy, may dispel melancholy. Jane Austen
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If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow. Jane Austen
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When once married people begin to attack me with, 'Oh! you will think very differently, when you are married,' I can only say, 'No I shall not'; and then they say again, 'Yes you will,' and there is an end to it. Jane Austen
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Anne hoped she had outlived the age of blushing; but the age of emotion she certainly had not. Jane Austen
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Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection. Jane Austen
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Whom are you going to dance with?' asked Mr. Knightley. She hesitated a moment and then replied, 'With you, if you will ask me.' Will you?' said he, offering his hand. Indeed I will. You have shown that you can dance, and you know we are not really so much brother and sister as to make it at all improper.' Brother and sister! no, indeed. Jane Austen
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And we mean to treat you all,' added Lydia, 'but you must lend us the money, for we have just spent ours at the shop out there. Jane Austen
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Have you any other objection than your belief of my indifference?" - Elizabeth Bennet Jane Austen
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To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry, the right man will come at last... Jane Austen
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never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important; so always first and always right in any man's eyes as I am in my father's... Jane Austen
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She understood him. He could not forgive her,-but he could not be unfeeling. Though condemning her for the past, and considering it with high and unjest resentment, though perfectly careless of her, and though becoming attached to another, still he could not see her suffer, without the desire of giving her relief. It was a remainder of former sentiment; it was an impuse of pure, though unacknowledged friendship; it was a proof of his own warm and amiable heart, which she could not contemplate without emotions so compounded of pleasure and pain, that she knew not which prevailed. Jane Austen
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Pride is a very common failing, I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what would have others think of us. Jane Austen
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Fine dancing, I believe, like virtue, must be its own reward. Jane Austen
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A sick child is always the mother's property; her own feelings generally make it so. Jane Austen
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... professing myself moreover convinced that the general's unjust interference, so far from being really injurious to their felicity, was perhaps rather conducive to it, by improving their knowledge of each other, and adding strength to their attachment, I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience. Jane Austen
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A gentleman and a lady travelling from Tunbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne, being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough land, were overturned in toiling up its long ascent, half rock, half sand. Jane Austen
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Oh!" said she, "I heard you before, but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply. You wanted me, I know, to say "Yes," that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have, therefore made up my mind to tell you, that I do not want to dance a reel at all-and now despise me if you dare." "Indeed I do not dare. Jane Austen
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Next week I shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend. Jane Austen
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I had a very pleasant evening, however, though you will probably find out that there was no particular reason for it; but I do not think it worth while to wait for enjoyment until there is some real opportunity for it. Jane Austen
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Single Women have a dreadful propensity for being poor-which is one very strong argument in favour of Matrimony... Jane Austen
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People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them. Jane Austen
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It is a lovely night, and they are much to be pitied who have not been taught to feel, in some degree, as you do; who have not, at least, been given a taste for Nature in early life. They lose a great deal. Jane Austen
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A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen
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It was the misfortune of poetry to be seldom safely enjoyed by those who enjoyed it completely; and that the strong feelings which alone could estimate it truly were the very feelings which ought to taste it but sparingly. Jane Austen
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Be honest and poor, by all means-but I shall not envy you; I do not much think I shall even respect you. I have a much greater respect for those that are honest and rich. Jane Austen
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Friendship is the finest balm for the pangs of despised love. Jane Austen
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If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are sure to get out of it. Jane Austen
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One of Edward's Mistresses was Jane Shore, who has had a play written about her, but it is a tragedy and therefore not worth reading. Jane Austen
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How can you contrive to write so even? Jane Austen
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That is what I like; that is what a young man ought to be. Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness in them should know no moderation, and leave him no sense of fatigue. Jane Austen
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I frequently observe that one pretty face would be followed by five and thirty frights. Jane Austen
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If you will thank me ' he replied let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them I believe I thought only of you. Jane Austen
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Maybe it's that I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others, or their offenses against me. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever. Jane Austen
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Let us have the luxury of silence. Jane Austen
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