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Emma Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Emma
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“There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”
Jane Austen
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Emma
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actions
people
laziness
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“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
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“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”
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“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.”
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truth
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“Without music, life would be a blank to me.”
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music
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Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.
Emma
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Mr. Knightley
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marriage
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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.
Emma
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marriage
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Blessed with so many resources within myself the world was not necessary to me. I could do very well without it.
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It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
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humility
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Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.
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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
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surprise
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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.
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marriage
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General benevolence, but not general friendship, make a man what he ought to be.
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Mr. Knightley
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“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.”
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“You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”
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How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
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I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.
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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.
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Miss Bates
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happiness
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I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.
Emma
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behavior
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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.
Emma
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love
fathers
concepts
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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.
Emma
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truth
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Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.
Emma
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Mr. Knightley
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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.
Emma
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Mr. Knightley
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effort
duty
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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.”
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love
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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.
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