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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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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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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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Elizabeth had never been more at a loss to make her feelings appear what they were not. It was necessary to laugh, when she would rather have cried. Jane Austen
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She was nothing more than a mere good-tempered, civil and obliging Young Woman; as such we could scarcely dislike her - she was only an Object of Contempt Jane Austen
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Brandon is just the kind of man whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to. Jane Austen
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It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides. Jane Austen
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I am not born to sit still and do nothing. If I lose the game, it shall not be from not striving for it. Jane Austen
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Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn-that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness-that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. Jane Austen
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Do you not want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently. Jane Austen
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It taught me to hope," said he, "as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before." Mr. Darcy - Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
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How she might have felt had there been no Captain Wentworth in the case, was not worth enquiry; for there was a Captain Wentworth: and be the conclusion of the present suspense good or bad, her affection would be his forever. Their union, she believed, could not divide her more from other men, than their final separation. Jane Austen
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I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours. Jane Austen
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But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state. 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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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of someone or other of their daughters. Jane Austen
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There is no reason in the world why you should not be important where you are known. You have good sense, and a sweet temper, and I am sure you have a grateful heart, that could never receive kindness without hoping to return it. I do not know any better qualifications for a friend and companion. Jane Austen
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one day in the country is exactly like another. Jane Austen
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Here I have opportunity enough for the exercise of my talent, as the chief of my time is spent in conversation. Jane Austen
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Catherine had never wanted comfort more, and [Henry] looked as if he was aware of it. Jane Austen
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Why not seize the pleasure at once? - How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! Jane Austen
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Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses, no less than in theirs; and all the comfort that could be given by assurances of her own composure of mind, and a very earnest vindication of Edward from every charge but of imprudence, was readily offered. Jane Austen
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It's such a happiness when good people get together. Jane Austen
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With a book he was regardless of time. Jane Austen
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I would much rather have been merry than wise. Jane Austen
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We neither of us perform to strangers. Jane Austen
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She mediated, by turns, on broken promises and broken arches, phaetons and false hangings, Tilneys and trap-doors. 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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Every moment has its pleasures and its hope. Jane Austen
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You have qualities which I had not before supposed to exist in such a degree in any human creature. You have some touches of the angel in you. Jane Austen
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A woman of seven and twenty, said Marianne, after pausing a moment, can never hope to feel or inspire affection again. Jane Austen
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I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow. Jane Austen
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She was humbled, she was grieved; she repented, though she hardly knew of what. She became jealous of his esteem, when she could no longer hope to be benefited by it. She wanted to hear of him, when there seemed the least chance of gaining intelligence. She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet. Jane Austen
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He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again. Jane Austen
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The post office has a great charm at one point of our lives. When you have lived to my age, you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for. Jane Austen
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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! Jane Austen
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I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage. 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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There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person. Jane Austen
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A single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else. Jane Austen
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that you seemed almost as fearful of notice and praise as other women were of neglect. (Edmund to Fanny) Jane Austen
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She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man. Jane Austen
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I should infinitely prefer a book... Jane Austen
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Fine dancing, I believe like virtue, must be its own reward. Those who are standing by are usually thinking of something very different. Jane Austen
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Yet there it was not love. It was a little fever of admiration; but it might, probably must, end in love with some Jane Austen
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...she had nothing to do but to forgive herself and be happier than ever... Jane Austen
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How hard it is in some cases to be believed!' 'And how impossible in others! Jane Austen
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I am happier than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. Mr. Darcy sends you all the love in the world, that he can spare from me. Jane Austen
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But to appear happy when I am so miserable - Oh! who can require it? Jane Austen
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...told herself likewise not to hope. But it was too late. Hope had already entered... Jane Austen
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I understand Crawford paid you a visit?" "Yes." "And was he attentive?" "Yes, very." "And has your heart changed towards him?" "Yes. Several times. I have - I find that I - I find that-" "Shh. Surely you and I are beyond speaking when words are clearly not enough.... I missed you." "And I you. Jane Austen
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It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy. I talked about the dance, and you ought to make some kind of remark on the size of the room, or the number of couples. Jane Austen
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Yes, you know enough of my frankness to believe me capable of that. After abusing you so abominably to your face, I could have no scruple in abusing you to all your relations." -Elizabeth Bennet Jane Austen
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[W]here other powers of entertainment are wanting, the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given. Jane Austen
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Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first? Jane Austen
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Did not you? I did for you. But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never. Jane Austen
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She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet. Jane Austen
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Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?" Darcy: "Not if I can help it!" Sir William: "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies." Mr. Darcy: "Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance. Jane Austen
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Had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you. Jane Austen
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Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. Jane Austen
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Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. Jane Austen
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A family of ten children will be always called a fine family, where there are heads and arms and legs enough for the number. Jane Austen
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Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves." "You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least. Jane Austen
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I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. Jane Austen
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No young lady can be justified in falling in love before the gentleman's love is declared, it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her. Jane Austen
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I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Jane Austen
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I am not fond of the idea of my shrubberies being always approachable. Jane Austen
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She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet. Jane Austen
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