Jane Austen Quotes & Wallpapers

Jane Austen
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A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world. Jane Austen

I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way. Jane Austen

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

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

She is loveliness itself. Jane Austen

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

I was quiet but I was not blind. Jane Austen

I am no indiscriminate novel reader. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt. Jane Austen

Time will explain. Jane Austen

In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes. Jane Austen

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

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

Everything nourishes what is strong already. Jane Austen

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

It was in this reign that Joan of Arc reigned and made such a row among the English. Jane Austen

Everybody's heart is open, you know, when they have recently escaped from severe pain, or are recovering the blessing of health. Jane Austen

Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all. Jane Austen

I am excessively diverted. Jane Austen

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

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

Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

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

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

If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy. Jane Austen

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

Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable. Jane Austen

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

I am rather impatient to know the fate of my best gown. Jane Austen

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

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. Jane Austen

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

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

I will only add, God bless you. Jane Austen

My style of writing is very diffrent from yours. Jane Austen

All the world is good and agreeable in your eyes. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer. Jane Austen

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Jane Austen

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. Jane Austen

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

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

We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead. Jane Austen

Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another. Jane Austen

Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of other people's mouths. Jane Austen

Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, themost rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing. Jane Austen

Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber. Jane Austen

Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters. Jane Austen

It is very unfair to judge any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Jane Austen

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

If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite as leisure. Jane Austen

...one half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half... Jane Austen

Marianne was silent; it was impossible for her to say what she did not feel, however trivial the occasion... Jane Austen

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

When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable If I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. Jane Austen

[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

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

I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony. [Elizabeth] Jane Austen

Pray, pray be composed, and do not betray what you feel to every body present Jane Austen

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste it's fragrance on the desert air. Jane Austen

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

Trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now. Jane Austen

It is a difference of opinion which does not admit of proof. We each begin probably with a little bias towards our own sex, and upon that bias build every circumstance in favour of it which has occurred within our own circle; Jane Austen

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