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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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She was one of those, who, having, once begun, would be always in love. 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 there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach. 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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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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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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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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It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves. Jane Austen
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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing 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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I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other. Jane Austen
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They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future. Jane Austen
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You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. Jane Austen
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Elinor could sit still no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease. Jane Austen
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[I]t is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. Jane Austen
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Angry people are not always wise. Jane Austen
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Marriage is indeed a maneuvering business. Jane Austen
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I do not think it worth while to wait for enjoyment until there is some real opportunity for it. Jane Austen
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I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding- certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost forever. Jane Austen
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I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. Jane Austen
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Imust have a London audience.I could never preach, but to the educated; to those who were capable of estimating my composition. 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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