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Jane Austen Quotes

36 of the best book quotes from Jane Austen
  1. #1
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
  2. #2
    “Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush.”
  3. #3
    “You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”
  4. #4
    “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
  5. #5
    “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
  6. #6
    “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
  7. #7
    “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”
  8. #8
    “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.”
  9. #9
    “We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.”
  10. #10
    “Do anything rather than marry without affection.”
  11. #11
    “She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet.”
  12. #12
    “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”
  13. #13
    “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.”
  14. #14
    “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”
  15. #15
    “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.”
  16. #16
    “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.”
  17. #17
    “Till this moment I never knew myself.”
  18. #18
    “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
  19. #19
    “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
  20. #20
    “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
  21. #21
    “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.”
  22. #22
    “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.”
  23. #23
    “The distance is nothing when one has motive.”
  24. #24
    “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?”
  25. #25
    “Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”
  26. #26
    “But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
  27. #27
    “A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”
  28. #28
    “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”
  29. #29
    “There is nothing so bad as parting with one’s friends. One seems too forlorn without them.”
  30. #30
    “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.”
  31. #31
    “Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
  32. #32
    “Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.” “And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”
  33. #33
    “Nothing is more deceitful…than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”
  34. #34
    “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.”
  35. #35
    “There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
  36. #36
    “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
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