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462 Inspiring Quotes by Jane Austen

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Wikipedia Summary for Jane Austen

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism, humour, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim among critics, scholars, and popular audiences alike.

With the publication of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. She also left behind three volumes of juvenile writings in manuscript, the short epistolary novel Lady Susan, and another unfinished novel, The Watsons. Her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her moderate success and little fame during her lifetime.

A significant transition in her posthumous reputation occurred in 1833, when her novels were republished in Richard Bentley's Standard Novels series, illustrated by Ferdinand Pickering, and sold as a set. They gradually gained wider acclaim and popular readership. In 1869, fifty-two years after her death, her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced a compelling version of her writing career and supposedly uneventful life to an eager audience.

Austen has inspired many critical essays and literary anthologies. Her novels have inspired many films, from 1940's Pride and Prejudice to more recent productions like Sense and Sensibility (1995), Emma (1996), Mansfield Park (1999), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Love & Friendship (2016), and Emma (2020).

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I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.

--Jane Austen

person behind fog glass

A scheme of which every part promises delight, can never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by the defense of some little peculiar vexation.

--Jane Austen

Hey! I miss you

My heart is, and always will be, yours.

--Jane Austen


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

For what do we live, but to make sport by subjecting our neighbors to endless discretionary review for minor additions?

--Jane Austen

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

I have observed...in the course of my life, that if things are going outwardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.

--Jane Austen

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

--Jane Austen

sunset dirt road

Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.

--Jane Austen

statue of liberty new york city

I walk: I prefer walking.

--Jane Austen


person holding flowers

Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.

--Jane Austen

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It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.

--Jane Austen

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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

--Jane Austen

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

My good opinion once lost is lost forever.

--Jane Austen


purple flower in macro lens

Mr. Knightley, if I have not spoken, it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream.

--Jane Austen

body of water under blue sky during daytime

But a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. it soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.

--Jane Austen

grayscale photography of elephant

Friendship is really the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

--Jane Austen

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

What are men to rocks and mountains?

--Jane Austen

green trees under blue sky at daytime

I am certainly the most fortunate creature that ever existed!

--Jane Austen

grass field under cloudy sky

She loved Anne better than she loved her own abilities.

--Jane Austen

donkey

I will only add, God bless you.

--Jane Austen

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

The past, present, and future, were all equally in gloom.

--Jane Austen

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet.

--Jane Austen

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.

--Jane Austen

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

--Jane Austen

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

--Jane Austen

blue wallpaper

You want nothing, but patience or give it a more fascinating name. Call it hope.

--Jane Austen

high-angle photography of beach side

Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures. They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. But I confess they would have no charms for me. I should infinitely prefer a book.

--Jane Austen

yellow flower

Oh! write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself.

--Jane Austen

brown wallpaper

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.

--Jane Austen

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My good qualities are under your protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible; and, in return, it belongs to me to find occasion for teasing and quarreling with you as often as may be.

--Jane Austen

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.

--Jane Austen


a man walks alone in the haze

She was nothing more than a mere good-tempered, civil and obliging Young Woman; as such we could scarcely dislike her -- she was only an Object of Contempt.

--Jane Austen

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What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant?

--Jane Austen

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Everybody likes to go their own way -- to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

--Jane Austen


blue wall bricks

There was a kind of cold-hearted selfishness on both sides, which mutually attracted them; and they sympathized with each other in an insipid propriety of demeanor, and a general want of understanding.

--Jane Austen

white flowers

She was feeling, thinking, trembling about everything; agitated, happy, miserable, infinitely obliged, absolutely angry.

--Jane Austen

backdrop

We have in fact all the comfort of an excellent kitchen garden, without the constant eyesore of it's formalities, or the yearly nuisance of it's decaying vegetation. Who can endure a cabbage bed in October!

--Jane Austen

silhouette photography of person

As a daughter she hoped she was not without heart.

--Jane Austen

bonfire in forest

An agreeable manner may set off handsome features, but can never alter plain ones.

--Jane Austen

four person standing beside wall

Run mad as often as you choose but do not faint.

--Jane Austen

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

We do not look in our great cities for our best moralit.

--Jane Austen

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

That would be the greatest misfortune of all! -- To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! -- Do not wish me such an evil.

--Jane Austen

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Sitting with her on Sunday evening -- a wet Sunday evening -- the very time of all others when if a friend is at hand the heart must be opened, and every thing told.

--Jane Austen

black pug puppy on green textile

It was absolutely necessary to interrupt him now.

--Jane Austen

light green

With such a worshipping wife, it was hardly possible that any natural defects in it should not be increased. The extreme sweetness of her temper must hurt his.

--Jane Austen

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It does not come to me in quite so direct a line as that; it takes a bend or two, but nothing of consequence. The stream is as good as at first; the little rubbish it collects in the turnings is easily moved away.

--Jane Austen

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others.

--Jane Austen

body of water near mountains

There is no disputing about taste.

--Jane Austen

green trees

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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I have no more to say. If this be the case, he deserves you. I could not have parted with you, my Lizzy, to any one less worthy.

--Jane Austen

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Oh hang kitty; what has she to do with it? Come, be quick. Be quick. Where is your sash?

--Jane Austen

blue sky with stars during night time

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

--Jane Austen

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

I am not one of those who neglect the reigning to bow to the rising sun.

--Jane Austen

blue sky with white clouds

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

--Jane Austen


pink tulips on gray wooden surface

The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man, is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage!

--Jane Austen

shallow focus photography of orange flower

She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.

--Jane Austen

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All the privilege I claim for my own sex, is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.

--Jane Austen

white and blue sky during daytime

Every body has their taste in noises as well as other matters; and sounds are quite innoxious, or most distressing, by their sort rather than their quantity.

--Jane Austen

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

--Jane Austen

men running toward beach

Give me but a little cheerful company, let me only have the company of the people I love, let me only be where I like and with whom I like, and the devil may take the rest, say I.

--Jane Austen

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

The bride and her mother could neither of them talk fast enough;.

--Jane Austen

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In a letter from Bath to her sister, Cassandra, one senses her frustration at her sheltered existence, Tuesday, 12 May 1801. Another stupid party ... with six people to look on, and talk nonsense to each other.

--Jane Austen

cat with flower

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

--Jane Austen

pink and teal striped textile

How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.

--Jane Austen

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

Exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.

--Jane Austen

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Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.

--Jane Austen

None

The little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush as produces little effect after much labour.

--Jane Austen

desert grassland

If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.

--Jane Austen

blue sky with stars during night time

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

--Jane Austen

green artificial palm tree on seashore

Elizabeth had never been more at a loss to make her feelings appear what they were not. It was necessary to laugh, when she would rather have cried.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of grass under moonlight

The worst crimes; are the crimes of the heart.

--Jane Austen

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

We do not look in great cities for our best morality.

--Jane Austen

telescope

Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.

--Jane Austen

yellow and white abstract painting

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

red tulips

Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now. But in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable.

--Jane Austen

green trees on forest during daytime

You have delighted us long enough.

--Jane Austen

sunset

It is a shocking trick for a young person to be always lolling upon a sofa.

--Jane Austen

green water in close up photography

Donvel je bio poznat po jagodama, koje su bile izgovor za poziv; ali nikakav izgovor nije bio potreban; ovu damu bi i kupus namamio jer je samo želela da nekuda ide.

--Jane Austen

black and white window illustration

The pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.

--Jane Austen

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

--Jane Austen

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.

--Jane Austen

green plants beside brown wooden door

You shall not, for the sake
of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity.

--Jane Austen

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.

--Jane Austen

yellow sunflower in glass vase

A person who is knowingly bent on bad behavior, gets upset when better behavior is expected of them.

--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

woman standing on forest

Where the wound has been given, there must the cure be found, if anywhere.

--Jane Austen

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

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

--Jane Austen

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The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it.

--Jane Austen

analog clock at 5:55

Catherine had never wanted comfort more, and Henry looked as if he was aware of it.

--Jane Austen

green palm plant

You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity.

--Jane Austen

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I do not know where the error lies. I do not pretend to set people right, but I do see they are often wrong.

--Jane Austen

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

It is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.

--Jane Austen

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Family squabbling is the greatest evil of all.

--Jane Austen

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

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

--Jane Austen

landscape photography of brown mountains

There is not one in a hundred of either sex, who is not taken in when they marry. ... it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.

--Jane Austen

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

I am not born to sit still and do nothing. If I lose the game, it shall not be from not striving for it.

--Jane Austen

grey cliff near body of water

She denied none of it aloud, and agreed to none of it in private.

--Jane Austen

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Goldsmith tells us, that when lovely woman stoops to folly, she has nothing to do but to die; and when she stoops to be disagreeable, it is equally to be recommended as a clearer of ill-fame.

--Jane Austen

blue mountains at daytime

Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!

--Jane Austen

silhouette of hugging couple

There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.

--Jane Austen

white wooden dock on white sand

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.

--Jane Austen

concert photos

She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous.

--Jane Austen

white brick wall

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

--Jane Austen

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There was no being displeased with such an encourager, for his admiration made him discern a likeness before it was possible.

--Jane Austen

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.

--Jane Austen

body of water

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

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am.

--Jane Austen

couple kissing under gray clouds

It's a truth universally acknowledged.

--Jane Austen

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

One part of the world does not understand the pleasures of the other.

--Jane Austen

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Fine dancing, I believe like virtue, must be its own reward. Those who are standing by are usually thinking of something very different.

--Jane Austen

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

They parted at last with mutual civility, and possibly a mutual desire of never meeting again.

--Jane Austen

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At my time of life opinions are tolerably fixed. It is not likely that I should now see or hear any thing to change them.

--Jane Austen

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Men of sense do not want silly wives.

--Jane Austen

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Every body allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female.

--Jane Austen

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

It is such a happiness when good people get together -- and they always do.

--Jane Austen

car passing by in between trees

What strange creatures brothers are!

--Jane Austen

red blue yellow and red paint

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

--Jane Austen

aerial photo of foggy mountains

One cannot have too large a party. A large party secures its own amusement.

--Jane Austen

sunset

I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends.

--Jane Austen

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

A report of a most alarming nature reached me two days ago.

--Jane Austen

couple sitting on the field facing the city

Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.

--Jane Austen


sunset

Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.

--Jane Austen

macro photography of green bird on tree branch

To hope was to expect.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.

--Jane Austen

low-angle photo of white daisy

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

--Jane Austen

green palm plant during daytime

Marianne Dashwood was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims.

--Jane Austen

selective photography of green leaf plant

Pride has often been his best friend. It has connected him nearer with virtue than any other feeling.

--Jane Austen

person wearing brown and white watch

To love is to burn, to be on fire.

--Jane Austen

sunflower field during daytime

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.

--Jane Austen

purple lavender flower

Yes, you know enough of my frankness to believe me capable of that. After abusing you so abominably to your face, I could have no scruple in abusing you to all your relations.

--Jane Austen

black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

I am all astonishment.

--Jane Austen

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I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.

--Jane Austen

pink flower with green stem

Poor woman! She probably thought change of air might agree with many of her children.

--Jane Austen

sunset with rainbow

If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow.

--Jane Austen

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

I frequently observe that one pretty face would be followed by five and thirty frights.

--Jane Austen

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

You must try not to mind growing up into a pretty woman.

--Jane Austen

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.

--Jane Austen

four men sitting beside table

Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.

--Jane Austen

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He could find no better relief to his feelings than by giving his housekeeper directions that every possible attention might be paid to the sick lady and her sister.

--Jane Austen

brown mountain

General benevolence, but not general friendship, make a man what he ought to be.

--Jane Austen

round black and white analog alarm clock

A very short trial convinced her that a curricle was the prettiest equipage in the world.

--Jane Austen

painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella

I trust that absolutes have gradations.

--Jane Austen

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

Of this she was perfectly unaware; to her he was only the man who had made himself agreeable nowhere, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with.

--Jane Austen

body of water during daytime

Half the sum of attraction, on either side, might have been enough, for he had nothing to do, and she had hardly anybody to love.

--Jane Austen


Arizona landscape donkey

An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

--Jane Austen

blue and white abstract painting

Gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough, to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.

--Jane Austen

milky way wallpaper

Her sentiments towards him were compounded of all that was respectful, grateful, confiding, and tender.

--Jane Austen

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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

--Jane Austen

white flower graphic wallpaper

No: the years which had destroyed her youth and bloom had only given him a more glowing, manly, open look, in no respect lessening his personal advantages. She had seen the same Frederick Wentworth.

--Jane Austen

black mountain under blue sky during night time

I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.

--Jane Austen

three books on surface

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.

--Jane Austen

white wooden hut during daytime

Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

--Jane Austen

woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?

--Jane Austen

yellow flowers

You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at.

--Jane Austen

yellow sunflower in close up photography

Yes, I found myself, by insensible degrees, sincerely fond of her; and the happiest hours of my life were what I spent with her.

--Jane Austen

five woman standing on seashore

It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.

--Jane Austen

landscape photography of brown mountains

But her mind had never been in such perturbation; and it needed a very strong effort to appear attentive and cheerful till the usual hour of separating allowed her the relief of quiet reflection.

--Jane Austen

pink and yellow flower painting

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

--Jane Austen

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

My playing is no more like her's, than a lamp is like sunshine.

--Jane Austen

Arizona landscape

I go too long without picking up a good book, I feel like I've done nothing useful with my life.

--Jane Austen

purple, white, and pink floral painting

You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.

--Jane Austen

two blue beach chairs near body of water

It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of a man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire.

--Jane Austen

person holding yellow petaled flower

To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.

--Jane Austen

yellow and red color textile

The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

--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

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?

--Jane Austen


green trees under white sky during daytime

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?

--Jane Austen


woman singing on stage

Upon my word, you five your opinion very decidedly for so young a person.

--Jane Austen

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

She mediated, by turns, on broken promises and broken arches, phaetons and false hangings, Tilneys and trap-doors.

--Jane Austen

woman holding Pug puppy

Without music, life would be a blank to me.

--Jane Austen

river painting

I think him every thing that is worthy and amiable.

--Jane Austen

empty gray carpet

To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.

--Jane Austen

white snow mountain

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.

--Jane Austen

American Eagles during daytime

I dearly love a laugh.

--Jane Austen

green background

Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.

--Jane Austen

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its fragrance on the desert air.

--Jane Austen

photo of brown wood slab

An annuity is a very serious business.

--Jane Austen


fawn pug in close up photography

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

--Jane Austen

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

--Jane Austen

view of mountaintops with clouds

I have had to contend against the unkindness of his sister, and the insolence of his mother; and have suffered the punishment of an attachment, without enjoying its advantages.

--Jane Austen

backdrop solid

There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal.

--Jane Austen


gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

But angry people are not always wise.

--Jane Austen

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.

--Jane Austen

pink

There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.

--Jane Austen

yellow painted wall

By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many douceurs in being a sort of chaperon , for I am put on the sofa near the fire and can drink as much wine as I like.

--Jane Austen

purple

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

--Jane Austen

Blue to purple gradient

There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well.

--Jane Austen

two clown fishes underwater

You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.

--Jane Austen

woman holding brown umbrella

A very little quiet reflection was enough to satisfy Emma.

--Jane Austen

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

--Jane Austen

red yellow and blue paint

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

--Jane Austen

brown textile

But I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.

--Jane Austen

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

I have always maintained the importance of Aunts.

--Jane Austen

red flame

Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.

--Jane Austen


None

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

silhouette of flying bird

I should wish to see them very good friends, and would, on no account, authorize in my girls the smallest degree of arrogance towards their relations; but still they cannot be equals.

--Jane Austen

desert under blue skies

Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters; and sounds are quite innoxious, or most distressing, by their sort rather than their quantity.

--Jane Austen

None

Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.

--Jane Austen

blue and white water waves

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

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.

--Jane Austen

houses and trees during nighttime

You may well warn me against such an evil. Human nature is so prone to fall into it!

--Jane Austen

photo of gray elephant on grass

A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.

--Jane Austen

white and purple flower in macro shot

My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.

--Jane Austen

white

It sometimes is a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection from the object of it, she may loose the opportunity of fixing him.

--Jane Austen

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.

--Jane Austen

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.

--Jane Austen


blue wallpaper

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

--Jane Austen


purple textile with white line

I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness."
-Edward Ferrars.

--Jane Austen

body of water under blue sky during daytime

What harm could there be in returning smile for smile and in allowing the most charming man she had ever met to conquer the few remaining corners of her heart where common sense retained a last fleeting hold?

--Jane Austen

backdrop solid

I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

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

--Jane Austen

landscape photography of trees

That is a compliment which gives me no pleasure.

--Jane Austen

pink and white flower in close up photography

Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manner were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.

--Jane Austen

rainbow

Here are officers enough in Meryton to disappoint all the young ladies in the country.

--Jane Austen

empty seashore near high-rise building

To her own heart it was a delightful affair, to her imagination it was even a ridiculous one, but to her reason, her judgment, it was completely a puzzle.

--Jane Austen

plain background

It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does. And men take care that they should.

--Jane Austen

red rose in close up photography

With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.

--Jane Austen

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Vanity, not love, has been my folly.

--Jane Austen


man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

From politics it was an easy step to silence.

--Jane Austen

pink and white flower in close up photography

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

three clear glass cups

How earnestly did she then wish that her former opinions had been more reasonable, more moderate!

--Jane Austen


white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

In spite of all her faults she knew she was dear to him; might she not say, very dear?

--Jane Austen

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Each found her greatest safety in silence.

--Jane Austen


mountain summit during sunset

There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.

--Jane Austen

brown brick wall photography

Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.

--Jane Austen

adult black and tan dachshund

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.

--Jane Austen

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

As for admiration, it was always very welcome when it came, but she did not depend on it.

--Jane Austen

green palm plant

I assure you. I have no notion of treating men with such respect. That is the way to spoil them.

--Jane Austen

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

She was stronger alone.

--Jane Austen



shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

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

tree and pink sky painting

Mrs. Hall of Sherbourn was brought to bed yesterday of a dead child, some weeks before she expected, oweing to a fright.--I suppose she happened unawares to look at her husband.

--Jane Austen

aerial photo of brown moutains

I am worn out with civility.

--Jane Austen

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

The house seemed to have all the comforts of little Children, dirt and litter.

--Jane Austen

scenery of aurora

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.

--Jane Austen

calm ocean

I have none of the usual inducements of women to marry. Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing! but I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.

--Jane Austen

white and gray cat

I want nothing but death.

--Jane Austen

assorted-color beach houses

A scheme of which every part promises delight, can never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by the defence of some little peculiar vexation.

--Jane Austen

blue and white painted wall

How little the general report of any one ought to be credited, since no character, however upright, can escape the malevolence of slander.

--Jane Austen

analog clock at 5:55

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

--Jane Austen


red and yellow abstract painting

If there is any thing disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it.

--Jane Austen

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.

--Jane Austen

jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.

--Jane Austen

person holding yellow round analog clock

Time will explain.

--Jane Austen

black wooden door near green plant

Miss Bingley's congratulations to her brother, on his approaching marriage, were all that was affectionate and insincere.

--Jane Austen

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

--Jane Austen

library shelf near black wooden ladder

We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.

--Jane Austen

green fruit in macro lens photography

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading.

--Jane Austen

orange room with open door

But she sat down, resolving within herself to draw no limits in future to the impudence of an impudent man.

--Jane Austen

macro shot photography of two votive candles

Portable property is happiness in a pocketbook.

--Jane Austen

mountain with tree during daytime

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.

--Jane Austen

close up shot of white flower

To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.

--Jane Austen

orange and white stone fragment

It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley.

--Jane Austen

None

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

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Almost anything is possible with time.

--Jane Austen

red white and black butterfly on green leaf

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

sunset with agave stem

The bells rang, and everybody smiled.

--Jane Austen

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

--Jane Austen

person with black tattoo on left hand

A woman never looks better than on horseback.

--Jane Austen


sunset

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

blue and white water surface

To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit.... To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.

--Jane Austen

white textile on brown textile

"Yes," replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, "but that was when I first knew her; for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance."

--Jane Austen

selective focus of white flower

Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply.

--Jane Austen


green trees under white clouds

A single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else.

--Jane Austen

minimalist photography of open door

How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time, and the changes of the human mind!

--Jane Austen

white stone woman sculpture

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

--Jane Austen

four coffee cups on floor

I have not the pleasure of understanding you.

--Jane Austen

red rose

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

--Jane Austen

laughing woman photo

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

--Jane Austen

man in black pants sitting on chair

The distance is nothing, when one has a motive.

--Jane Austen

brown chopped logs

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

--Jane Austen

golden retriever inside car

A fondness for reading, which, properly directed, must be an education in itself.

--Jane Austen

person holding hands

I was quiet, but I was not blind.

--Jane Austen

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.

--Jane Austen

beige concrete wall

It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering.

--Jane Austen

red and blue light digital wallpaper

There was a great deal of good sense in all this; but there are some situations of the human mind in which good sense has very little power.

--Jane Austen

leafless tree under gray sky

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

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

Children of the same family; the same blood; with the same first associations and habits; have some means of enjoyment in their power; which no subsequent connections can supply.

--Jane Austen

lion on green grass during golden hour

One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

--Jane Austen

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

His departure gave Catherine the first experimental conviction that a loss may be sometimes a gain.

--Jane Austen

sunset grasslands

It taught me to hope, as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before.

--Jane Austen

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

She began to curl her hair and long for balls.

--Jane Austen

plain background

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

--Jane Austen

clear drinking glass with beer

"But, my dear sir," cried Mr. Weston, "if Emma comes away early it will be breaking up the party."
"And no great harm if it does," said Mr. Woodhouse. "The sooner every party breaks up the better."

--Jane Austen

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

--Jane Austen

person shadow boxing grayscale

I cannot make speeches, Emma:' he soon resumed, and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing. 'If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

--Jane Austen

white rose flower

But your mind is warped by an innate principle of general integrity, and, therefore, not accessible to the cool reasonings of family partiality, or a desire of revenge.

--Jane Austen

white flowers

That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit.

--Jane Austen

blue and white abstract painting

Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can't be without.

--Jane Austen

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are equal.

--Jane Austen

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.

--Jane Austen

golden retriever inside car

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

--Jane Austen

blue and white abstract painting

If I could not be persuaded into doing what I thought wrong, I will never be tricked into it.

--Jane Austen

pink and green flower painting

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

--Jane Austen

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends -- whether he may be equally capable of retaining them is less certain.

--Jane Austen

yellow wallpaper

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

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.

--Jane Austen


purple petaled flower on gray surface

Lady Middleton resigned herself... Contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject, five or six times every day.

--Jane Austen

woman lying on pool

I am determined that only the deepest love will induce me into matrimony. So, I shall end an old maid, and teach your ten children to embroider cushions and play their instruments very ill.

--Jane Austen


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine.

--Jane Austen

shallow focus photography of orange flower

Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!

--Jane Austen

silhouette of stones during golden hour

Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.

--Jane Austen

people near body of water

My idea of good company, Mr. Eliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

--Jane Austen


aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy. I talked about the dance, and you ought to make some kind of remark on the size of the room, or the number of couples.

--Jane Austen

white desk lamp beside green plant

Mrs. Jennings was a widow, with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world.

--Jane Austen

leafless tree on snow covered ground

She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man.

--Jane Austen

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

Every thing he did was right. Every thing he said was clever. If their evenings at the park included cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand.

--Jane Austen

green textile in close up image

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

silhouette of man

Every young lady may feel for my heroine in this critical moment, for every young lady has at some time or other known the same agitation.

--Jane Austen

blue sky with stars during night time

The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.

--Jane Austen

man and woman kissing

I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead; but I am afraid they're not alive.

--Jane Austen

green trees under white sky during daytime

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

--Jane Austen

yellow and white color illustration

The post office has a great charm at one point 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

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

A sick child is always the mother's property; her own feelings generally make it so.

--Jane Austen

green sports court illustration

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.

--Jane Austen

yellow and red color textile

For herself she was humbled; but she was proud of him. Proud that in a cause of compassion and honour, he had been able to get the better of himself.

--Jane Austen

telescope

He then departed, to make himself still more interesting, in the midst of a heavy rain.

--Jane Austen

bird in the sky

I am happier than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. Mr. Darcy sends you all the love in the world, that he can spare from me.

--Jane Austen

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

When I fall in love, it will be forever.

--Jane Austen


green trees under blue sky at daytime

It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short.

--Jane Austen

pink rose in close up photography

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.

--Jane Austen

pink flowers in vase

Mama, 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

white textile in close up photography

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

--Jane Austen


silhouette photography of man sitting on rock

Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?

--Jane Austen


selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

It is a lovely night, and they are much to be pitied who have not been taught to feel in some degree as you do-who have not at least been given a taste for nature in early life. They lose a great deal.

--Jane Austen

elephant on green grass field during daytime

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

pink and green flower painting

On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provisions for discourse.

--Jane Austen

silhouette photo of trees during night time

Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again.

--Jane Austen

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.

--Jane Austen



blue sky with white clouds

I wish I might take this for a compliment; but to be so easily seen through I am afraid is pitiful.

--Jane Austen

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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

black and white bird on seashore

She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.

--Jane Austen

pink petaled flower

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife.

--Jane Austen

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.

--Jane Austen

green leaf tree on shore

But to appear happy when I am so miserable -- Oh! who can require it?

--Jane Austen

black mountain under blue sky during night time

I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be...yours.

--Jane Austen

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others.

--Jane Austen

water on seashore

It is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one's life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.

--Jane Austen

backdrop

It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;--it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.

--Jane Austen

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

A novel must show how the world truly is. Somehow, reveals the true source of our actions.

--Jane Austen


cluster of stars in the sky

There had been moments when she felt he had almost forgiven her. She would always remember those moments.

--Jane Austen

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.

--Jane Austen

snow covered mountain during daytime

"I admire all my three sons-in-law highly," said he. "Wickham, perhaps, is my favourite; but I think I shall like your husband quite as well as Jane's."

--Jane Austen

grayscale photo of person's back

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

silhouette of stones during golden hour

The more I see of the world, the more am i dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistencies of all human.

--Jane Austen

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering?

--Jane Austen

photography of white wall lot

You have gained a new source of enjoyment, and it is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible.

--Jane Austen

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

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

--Jane Austen

white cow eating green grass

"Books -- oh! no. I am sure we never read the same, or not with the same feelings." "I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject. We may compare our different opinions."

--Jane Austen


blue mountains at daytime

Every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason.

--Jane Austen

four person standing beside wall

One man's style must not be the rule of another's.

--Jane Austen

purple flowered hedge plants

Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.

--Jane Austen

litter of dogs fall in line beside wall

Emma had no opportunity of speaking to Mr. Knightley till after supper; but, when they were all in the ballroom again, her eyes invited him irresistibly to come to her and be thanked.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of off-road car

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading. How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book.

--Jane Austen


boy and cat in front of moon

Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions.

--Jane Austen

full moon in the sky

I cannot, I cannot,' cried Marianne; 'leave me, leave me, if I distress you; leave me, hate me, forget me! But do not torture me so. Oh! how easy for those who have no sorrow of their own to talk of extertion!

--Jane Austen

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

Mr. Bennet's expectations were fully answered. His cousin was as absurd as he had hoped, and he listened to him with the keenest enjoyment.

--Jane Austen

leafless tree under gray sky

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

pink and yellow flower painting

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

--Jane Austen

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.

--Jane Austen

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.

--Jane Austen

white pencil on black platform

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


bonfire in forest

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.

--Jane Austen

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

She knew that when she played she was giving pleasure only to herself; but this was no new sensation.

--Jane Austen

selective focus of common poppy flower

She had nothing to wish otherwise, but that the days did not pass so swiftly. It was a delightful visit;--perfect, in being much too short.

--Jane Austen

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

--Jane Austen

solid background

It does not appear to me that my hand is unworthy your acceptance, or that the establishment I can offer would be any other than highly desirable.

--Jane Austen

red rose flower

Every thing was to take its natural course, however, neither impelled nor assisted.

--Jane Austen

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

Till this moment I never knew myself.

--Jane Austen

grassland landscape

Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.

--Jane Austen

brown mountains under blue sky

Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend?

--Jane Austen

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

I should indefinitely prefer a book.

--Jane Austen



purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.

--Jane Austen

blue painted wall with white paint

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

plain background

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

blue sky with white clouds

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

--Jane Austen

green mountain ]

You are too sensible a girl to fall in love merely because you are warned against it.

--Jane Austen



shooting star in night sky

I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.

--Jane Austen

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

She had spoken it; but she trembled when it was done, conscious that her words were listened to, and daring not even to try to observe their effect.

--Jane Austen

leafless tree

To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry, the right man will come at last.

--Jane Austen

landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

Not very good, I am afraid. But now really, do not you think Udolpho the nicest book in the world?" "The nicest--by which I suppose you mean the neatest. That must depend upon the binding.

--Jane Austen

black and yellow wall sconce

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

person wearing Apple watch

Man only can be aware of the insensibility of man towards a new gown.

--Jane Austen

time lapse photography body of water

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

man holding his head

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

brown butterfly perched on flower

Those who tell their own story you know must be listened to with caution.

--Jane Austen

band performing on stage in front of people

It is singularity which often makes the worst part of our suffering, as it always does of our conduct.

--Jane Austen

red metal bridge over river

There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, and common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit.

--Jane Austen

white bicycle parked beside wall

I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man.

--Jane Austen

sunset

A few months more, and he, perhaps, may be walking here.

--Jane Austen

desert under blue skies

Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.

--Jane Austen


selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

The stream is as good as at first; the little rubbish it collects in the turnings is easily moved away.

--Jane Austen

yellow sunflower in close up photography

That is what I like; that is what a young man ought to be. Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness in them should know no moderation, and leave him no sense of fatigue.

--Jane Austen

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

Every body at all addicted to letter writing, without having much to say, which will include a large proportion of the female world at least.

--Jane Austen

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

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

--Jane Austen

multicolored abstract painting

Where the wound had been given, there must the cure be found, if any where.

--Jane Austen

multicolored heart LED light on wall

Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.

--Jane Austen

green mountain ]

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

--Jane Austen

brown and gray mountains during daytime

What did she say? Just what she ought, of course. A lady always does.

--Jane Austen

gray concrete surface

No, I did not promise. I only smirked and bowed, and said the word "happy." There was no promise.

--Jane Austen

brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface

She is loveliness itself.

--Jane Austen

mountain summit during sunset

You may ask questions which I shall not choose to answer.

--Jane Austen

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

Ah! what could we do but what we did! We sighed and fainted on the Sofa.

--Jane Austen

gray concrete surface

That is the case with us all, papa. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

--Jane Austen

silhouette of people riding bicycle

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

pink rose in bloom close up photo

Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.

--Jane Austen

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.

--Jane Austen

yellow and white abstract painting

I am worn out with civility. I have been talking incessantly all night, and with nothing to say. But with you there may be peace. You will not want to be talked to. Let us have the luxury of silence.

--Jane Austen

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.

--Jane Austen

black wooden louver door window

Fanny! You are killing me!" "No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford.

--Jane Austen

couple sitting on the field facing the city

If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.

--Jane Austen

man in black pants sitting on chair

Marry me. Marry me, my wonderful, darling friend.

--Jane Austen

time lapse photography body of water

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

--Jane Austen

body of water

Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from... Every moment rather brought fresh agitation. It was an overpowering happiness.

--Jane Austen

cactus flowers

From politics, it was an easy step to silence.

--Jane Austen


white brick wall

May we take my uncle's letter to read to her? Take whatever you like, and get away.

--Jane Austen

black floor lamp at the corner

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

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

A vaidade trabalhando em uma mente fraca produz muitos tipos de danos.

--Jane Austen

sunset

One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.

--Jane Austen

grass field under cloudy sky

I wish nature had made such hearts as yours more common.

--Jane Austen

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