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Jane Austen
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I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive. Jane Austen
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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
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We do not look in great cities for our best morality. 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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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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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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Sense will always have attractions for me. 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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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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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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Do you not want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently. 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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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen
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How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labor? Jane Austen
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Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies. Jane Austen
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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
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Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. Jane Austen
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I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. 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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It was not very wonderful that Catherine... should prefer cricket, base ball... to books. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity. Jane Austen
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Without scheming to do wrong, or to make others unhappy, there may be error and there may be misery. Thoughtlessness, want of attention to other people's feelings, and want of resolution, will do the business. Jane Austen
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Everybody's heart is open, you know, when they have recently escaped from severe pain, or are recovering the blessing of health. Jane Austen
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In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Jane Austen
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Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all. Jane Austen
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I am excessively diverted. Jane Austen
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She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning. Jane Austen
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Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong? Jane Austen
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Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives. Jane Austen
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She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. Jane Austen
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There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere. Jane Austen
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No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be a heroine... But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine... Jane Austen
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I am sorry to tell you that I am getting very extravagant and spending all my money: and what is worse for you, I have been spending yours too. Jane Austen
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What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?" Grandeur has but little," said Elinor, "but wealth has much to do with it." Elinor, for shame!" Said Marianne. "Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it... Jane Austen
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Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do; and you must feel, as well as I do, that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking. Jane Austen
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If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy. Jane Austen
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They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects. Jane Austen
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Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable. Jane Austen
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I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men. Jane Austen
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I am rather impatient to know the fate of my best gown. Jane Austen
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I am not romantic, you know; I never was. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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None but a woman can teach the science of herself. Jane Austen
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How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time, and the changes of the human mind! Jane Austen
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Every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required. Jane Austen
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She is loveliness itself. Jane Austen
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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
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With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others. Jane Austen
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