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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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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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Real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. 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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With a book he was regardless of time. 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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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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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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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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Lady Middleton ... exerted herself to ask Mr. Palmer if there was any news in the paper. 'No, none at all,' he replied, and read on. Jane Austen
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there is not the least wit in my nature. I am a very matter of fact, plain spoken being, and may blunder on the borders of a repartee for half an hour together without striking it out. Jane Austen
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Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else. 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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I am sure," cried Catherine, "I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should not I call it so?" "Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk, and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything. Originally perhaps it was applied only to express neatness, propriety, delicacy, or refinement-people were nice in their dress, in their sentiments, or their choice. But now every commendation on every subject is comprised in that one word. Jane Austen
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Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls! Jane Austen
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Sense will always have attractions for me. 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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[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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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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Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. 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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Your countenance perfectly informs me that you were in company last night with the person, whom you think the most agreeable in the world, the person who interests you at this present time, more than all the rest of the world put together. Jane Austen
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None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. Jane Austen
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I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these." - Mr. Darcy Jane Austen
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Everybody likes to go their own way-to choose their own time and manner of devotion. Jane Austen
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Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. Jane Austen
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You expect me to account for opinions which you choose to call mine, but which I have never acknowledged. Jane Austen
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I have changed my mind, and changed the trimmings of my cap this morning; they are now such as you suggested. 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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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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Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Jane Austen
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