Jane Austen Quotes

71 of the best book quotes from Jane Austen
  1. #1
    “When I fall in love, it will be forever.”
  2. #2
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
  3. #3
    “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.”
  4. #4
    “Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”
  5. #5
    “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
  6. #6
    “She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.”
  7. #7
    “A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”
  8. #8
    “Time will explain.”
    Jane Austen
  9. #9
    “One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”
  10. #10
    “...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”
  11. #11
    “It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.”
  12. #12
    “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”
    Jane Austen
  13. #13
    “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
  14. #14
    “Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?”
  15. #15
    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
  16. #16
    “There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”
  17. #17
    “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.”
  18. #18
    “Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!”
  19. #19
    “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
  20. #20
    “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
  21. #21
    “There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”
  22. #22
    “What strange creatures brothers are!”
    Jane Austen
  23. #23
    “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
  24. #24
    “Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.”
  25. #25
    “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
  26. #26
    “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
  27. #27
    “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”
  28. #28
    “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
  29. #29
    “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”
  30. #30
    “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.”
    Jane Austen
  31. #31
    “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”
  32. #32
    “We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.”
  33. #33
    “She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet.”
  34. #34
    “Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush.”
  35. #35
    “You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”
  36. #36
    “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
  37. #37
    “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
  38. #38
    “I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.”
  39. #39
    “Do anything rather than marry without affection.”
  40. #40
    “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
  41. #41
    “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”
  42. #42
    “A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”
    Jane Austen
  43. #43
    “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
  44. #44
    “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
  45. #45
    “Do not give way to useless alarm…though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.”
  46. #46
    “The distance is nothing when one has motive.”
  47. #47
    “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
  48. #48
    “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”
  49. #49
    “Till this moment I never knew myself.”
  50. #50
    “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
  51. #51
    “From the very beginning—from the first moment, I may almost say—of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish distain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of the disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world on whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
  52. #52
    “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”
  53. #53
    “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.”
  54. #54
    “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.”
  55. #55
    “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”
    Jane Austen
  56. #56
    “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.”
  57. #57
    “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 the result of previous study?”
  58. #58
    “But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
  59. #59
    “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”
  60. #60
    “A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”
  61. #61
    “Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”
  62. #62
    “My idea of good the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.′
    ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
  63. #63
    “She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.”
  64. #64
    “There is nothing so bad as parting with one’s friends. One seems too forlorn without them.”
  65. #65
    “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
  66. #66
    “Nothing is more deceitful…than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”
  67. #67
    “Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.” “And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”
  68. #68
    “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.”
  69. #69
    “Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
  70. #70
    “There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
  71. #71
    “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
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