Jane Austen Quotes & Wallpapers

Jane Austen
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It was not very wonderful that Catherine... should prefer cricket, base ball... to books. Jane Austen

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 twenty years at least. Jane Austen

The post-office had a great charm at one period 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

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance. Jane Austen

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive. Jane Austen

I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or at other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. Jane Austen

We do not look in great cities for our best morality. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal. Jane Austen

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. Jane Austen

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

Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. Jane Austen

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

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

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. Jane Austen

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

I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Jane Austen

I am not fond of the idea of my shrubberies being always approachable. Jane Austen

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

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

None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. Jane Austen

I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these." - Mr. Darcy Jane Austen

Everybody likes to go their own way-to choose their own time and manner of devotion. Jane Austen

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. Jane Austen

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. Jane Austen

You expect me to account for opinions which you choose to call mine, but which I have never acknowledged. Jane Austen

I have changed my mind, and changed the trimmings of my cap this morning; they are now such as you suggested. Jane Austen

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

[W]here other powers of entertainment are wanting, the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given. Jane Austen

Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first? Jane Austen

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies. Jane Austen

No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment. Jane Austen

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. Jane Austen

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. Jane Austen

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Jane Austen

Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! Worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise.-Marianne Dashwood Jane Austen

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

Lady Sondes' match surprises, but does not offend me; had her first marriage been of affection, or had their been a grown-updaughter, I should not have forgiven her; but I consider everybody as having a right to marry once in their lives for love, if they can. Jane Austen

I am not romantic, you know; I never was. Jane Austen

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

You have no ambition, I well know. Your wishes are all moderate.' 'As moderate as those of the rest of the world, I believe. I wish as well as every body else to be perfectly happy, but like every body else it must be in my own way. Greatness will not make me so. Jane Austen

None but a woman can teach the science of herself. Jane Austen

How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time, and the changes of the human mind! Jane Austen

A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others. Jane Austen

We do not suffer by accident. Jane Austen

One word from you shall silence me forever. Jane Austen

if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to `Yes,' she ought to say `No' directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart. Jane Austen

What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering? Jane Austen

I do not find it easy to talk to people I don't know. Jane Austen

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

But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach. Jane Austen

She knew that what Marianne and her mother conjectured one moment, they believed the next: that with them, to wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect. Jane Austen

I particularly recollect your saying one night, after they had been dining at Netherfield, 'SHE a beauty!-I should as soon call her mother a wit.' But afterwards she seemed to improve on you, and I believe you thought her rather pretty at one time." "Yes," replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, "but THAT was only when I first saw her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance. Jane Austen

To be sure you know no actual good of me, but nobody thinks of that when they fall in love. Jane Austen

They parted at last with mutual civility, and possibly a mutual desire of never meeting again. Jane Austen

She was one of those, who, having, once begun, would be always in love. Jane Austen

It has sunk him, I cannot say how much it has sunk him in my opinion. So unlike what a man should be!-None of that upright integrity, that strict adherence to truth and principle, that distain of trick and littleness, which a man should display in every transaction of his life. Jane Austen

I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like Jane Austen

You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased. Jane Austen

To take a dislike to a young man, only because he appeared to be of a different disposition from himself, was unworthy the real liberality of mind Jane Austen

With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works. Jane Austen

I mean to be too rich to lament or to feel anything of the sort. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it. Jane Austen

Another stupid party . . . with six people to look on, and talk nonsense to each other. Jane Austen

But are they all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid? [Referring to Gothic novels, fashionable in England at the beginning of the 19th century, but frowned upon in polite society.] Jane Austen

I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration, or a metaphor in every corner of the room. Could my Ideas flow as fast as the rain in the Storecloset it would be charming. Jane Austen

To be claimed as a good, though in an improper style, is at least better than being rejected as no good at all. Jane Austen

My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them??by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents. Jane Austen



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