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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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When money is once parted with, it can never return. 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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Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one... Jane Austen
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Maybe it's that I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others, or their offenses against me. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever. Jane Austen
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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance. 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 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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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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There is something in the eloquence of the pulpit, when it is really eloquence, which is entitled to the highest praise and honour. The preacher who can touch and affect such an heterogeneous mass of hearers, on subjects limited, and long worn thread-bare in all common hands; who can say any thing new or striking, any thing that rouses the attention, without offending the taste, or wearing out the feelings of his hearers, is a man whom one could not (in his public capacity) honour enough. 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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Undoubtedly ... there is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. What bears affinity to cunning is despicable. 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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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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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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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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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 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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She was stronger alone; and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as, with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be. Jane Austen
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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
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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
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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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The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient-at others so bewildered and weak-and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! 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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Another stupid party . . . with six people to look on, and talk nonsense to each other. Jane Austen
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Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us. Jane Austen
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If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. Jane Austen
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It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation. Jane Austen
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The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. Jane Austen
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Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being. Jane Austen
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A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer. Jane Austen
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Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Jane Austen
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They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. Jane Austen
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Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything. Jane Austen
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She was one of those, who, having, once begun, would be always in love. Jane Austen
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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
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I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like Jane Austen
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You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased. Jane Austen
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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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