Jane Austen Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When money is once parted with, it can never return. 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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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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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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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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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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I was quiet but I was not blind. Jane Austen
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I am no indiscriminate novel reader. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt. Jane Austen
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Time will explain. Jane Austen
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We do not suffer by accident. Jane Austen
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One word from you shall silence me forever. Jane Austen
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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
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What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering? Jane Austen
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I do not find it easy to talk to people I don't know. Jane Austen
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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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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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A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world. Jane Austen
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I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way. Jane Austen
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I certainly must,' said she. 'This sensation of listlessness, weariness, stupidity, this disinclination to sit down and employ myself, this feeling of everything's being dull and insipid about the house! I must be in love; I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were not. 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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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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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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