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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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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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And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner. Jane Austen
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You think me foolish to call instruction a torment, but if you had been as much used as myself to hear poor little children first learning their letters and then learning to spell, if you had ever seen how stupid they can be for a whole morning together, and how tired my poor mother is at the end of it, as I am in the habit of seeing almost every day of my life at home, you would allow that to torment and to instruct might sometimes be used as synonymous words. Jane Austen
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I will only add, God bless you. Jane Austen
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My style of writing is very diffrent from yours. Jane Austen
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All the world is good and agreeable in your eyes. Jane Austen
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To be sure you know no actual good of me, but nobody thinks of that when they fall in love. Jane Austen
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They parted at last with mutual civility, and possibly a mutual desire of never meeting again. Jane Austen
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But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach. Jane Austen
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We have been exceedingly busy ever since you went away. In the first place we have had to rejoice two or three times everyday at your having such very delightful weather for the whole of your journey... Jane Austen
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It was in this reign that Joan of Arc reigned and made such a row among the English. Jane Austen
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In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes. Jane Austen
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Knowing their feelings as she did, it was a most attractive picture of happiness to her. She always watched them as long as she could, delighted to fancy she understood what they might be talking of, as they walked along in happy independence, or equally delighted to see the Admiral's hearty shake of the hand when he encountered an old friend, and observe their eagerness of conversation when occasionally forming into a little knot of the navy, Mrs Croft looking as intelligent and keen as any of the officers around her. Jane Austen
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We certainly do not forget you as soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone. Jane Austen
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Everything nourishes what is strong already. 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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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It is very unfair to judge any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Jane Austen
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And if I had not a letter to write myself, I might sit by you and admire the evenness of your writing, as another young lady once did. But I have an aunt too, who must not be longer neglected. Jane Austen
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If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite as leisure. Jane Austen
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...one half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half... Jane Austen
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Marianne was silent; it was impossible for her to say what she did not feel, however trivial the occasion... Jane Austen
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Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge." -Elinor Dashwood Jane Austen
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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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She is probably by this time as tired of me, as I am of her; but as she is too Polite and I am too civil to say so, our letters are still as frequent and affectionate as ever, and our Attachment as firm and sincere as when it first commenced. Jane Austen
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To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect Jane Austen
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We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead. Jane Austen
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Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another. Jane Austen
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He then departed, to make himself still more interesting, in the midst of a heavy rain. Jane Austen
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There is not the hundredth part of the wine consumed in this kingdom that there ought to be. Our foggy climate wants help. Jane Austen
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Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be. Jane Austen
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Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. Jane Austen
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General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be. Jane Austen
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A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. Jane Austen
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What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken! Jane Austen
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Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of. Jane Austen
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I do not cough for my own amusement. Jane Austen
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As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship! - How much of pleasure or pain it was in his power to bestow! - How much of good or evil must be done by him! Jane Austen
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She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped. Jane Austen
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