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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach. 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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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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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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Let no one presume to give the feelings of a young woman on receiving the assurance of that affection of which she has scarcely allowed herself to entertain a hope. 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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[Mrs. Allen was] never satisfied with the day unless she spent the chief of it by the side of Mrs. Thorpe, in what they called conversation, but in which there was scarcely ever any exchange of opinion, and not often any resemblance of subject, for Mrs. Thorpe talked chiefly of her children, and Mrs. Allen of her gowns. Jane Austen
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The advantages of natural folly in a beautiful girl have been already set forth by the capital pen of a sister author; and to her treatment of the subject I will only add, in justice to men, that though to the larger and more trifling part of the sex, imbecility in females is a great enhancement of their personal charms, there is a portion of them too reasonable and too well informed themselves to desire anything more in woman than ignorance Jane Austen
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I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony. [Elizabeth] Jane Austen
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Pray, pray be composed, and do not betray what you feel to every body present Jane Austen
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Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste it's fragrance on the desert air. Jane Austen
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest. Jane Austen
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Trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now. 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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I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem from love Jane Austen
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Half the sum of attraction, on either side, might have been enough, for he had nothing to do, and she had hardly any body to love." (of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, Persuasion) Jane Austen
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I do regard her as one who is too modest for the world in general to be aware of half her accomplishments, and too highly accomplished for modesty to be natural of any other woman. Jane Austen
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We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb. Jane Austen
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At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance, is perceived. Jane Austen
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Obstinate, headstrong girl! Jane Austen
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