JANE AUSTEN QUOTES

English novelist (1775-1817)

Jane Austen quote

It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility

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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, Pride and Prejudice

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There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice

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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, Northanger Abbey

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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, Pride and Prejudice

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Time will explain.

JANE AUSTEN, Persuasion

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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, Northanger Abbey

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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, Pride and Prejudice

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

JANE AUSTEN, Emma

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Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and 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, Pride and Prejudice

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Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.

JANE AUSTEN, Emma

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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.

JANE AUSTEN, letter, Sep. 18, 1796

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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. I require so much!

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility

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Good opinion once lost, is lost forever.

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice

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

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice

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

JANE AUSTEN, Mansfield Park

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

JANE AUSTEN, Persuasion

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

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey

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

JANE AUSTEN, Emma

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

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey

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