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Emma Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Emma
  1. #1
    “There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”
  2. #2
    “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
  3. #3
    “Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    truth
  5. #5
    “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    music
  6. #6
    Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Mr. Knightley
    concept
    marriage
  7. #7
    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.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Emma Woodhouse
    concept
    marriage
  8. #8
    Blessed with so many resources within myself the world was not necessary to me. I could do very well without it.
  1. #9
    It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    humility
  2. #10
    Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.
  3. #11
    Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    surprise
  4. #12
    A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    marriage
  5. #13
    General benevolence, but not general friendship, make a man what he ought to be.
  6. #14
    “I cannot make speeches, Emma...If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    love
  7. #15
    “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”
  8. #16
    How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!

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  1. #17
    I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.
  2. #18
    Miss Bates had never boasted either beauty or cleverness. Her youth had passed without distinction, and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother, and the endeavor to make a small income go as far as possible. And yet she was a happy woman, and a woman whom no one named without good will.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Miss Bates
    concept
    happiness
  3. #19
    I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Emma Woodhouse
    concept
    behavior
  4. #20
    Never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important; so always first and always right in any man’s eyes as I am in my father’s.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Emma Woodhouse
    concepts
    fatherslove
  5. #21
    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.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    concept
    truth
  6. #22
    Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.
  7. #23
    There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do if he chooses, and that is his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigour and resolution.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Mr. Knightley
    concepts
    dutyeffort
  8. #24
    “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.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Emma Woodhouse
    concept
    love
  9. #25
    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.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma