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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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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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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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Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Jane Austen
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Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! Worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise.-Marianne Dashwood Jane Austen
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the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome, hopeless son, and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year. Jane Austen
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Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain. Jane Austen
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He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal. Jane Austen
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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. 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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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