Quotes and Quotations

Memorable Quotes and quotations from Jane Austen

Jane Austen English novelist (1775 - 1817)


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- Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.

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

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

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (opening lines)
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of ths surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
- 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 - Mansfield Park
- 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 - Emma
- Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
- For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

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

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.

Jane Austen - The Watsons
- A woman should never be trusted with money.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.

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

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility
- At my time of life opinions are tolerably fixed. It is not likely that I should now see or hear anything to change them.

Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey
- "Only a novel"... in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
- We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of a man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.

Jane Austen - from a letter to her niece, November 18, 1814
- Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.

Jane Austen - Letter to Cassandra, 25 November 1798
- An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- 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.

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

Jane Austen - Emma
- 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 - Mansfield Park
- In all the important preparations of the mind she was complete: being prepared for matrimony by an hatred of home, restraint, and tranquillity; by the misery of disappointed affection, and contempt of the man she was to marry.

Jane Austen - Emma
- Oh! dear; I was so miserable! I am sure I must have been as white as my gown.

Jane Austen - Emma
- One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

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- Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

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

Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey
- But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
- 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
- You have delighted us long enough.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- 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 - Pride and Prejudice
- Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- 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 - Pride and Prejudice
- 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 -
- One half of the world can not understand the pleasures of the other.

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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 - Emma
- How much I love every thing that is decided and open!

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- Life is just a quick succession of busy nothings.

Jane Austen - Emma
- Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
- If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

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

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

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- Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey
- Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

Jane Austen - Emma
- I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.

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

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
- You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

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- What dreadful weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.

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

Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey, 1818
- In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.