Northanger Abbey Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Northanger Abbey
  1. #1
    “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
  2. #2
    I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.
  3. #3
    And from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady.
  4. #4
    Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.
  5. #5
    Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again.
  6. #6
    She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
  7. #7
    No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.
  8. #8
    Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time.
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  1. #9
    Strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly searched out.
  2. #10
    Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone.
  3. #11
    As for admiration, it was always very welcome when it came, but she did not depend on it.
  4. #12
    If a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.
  5. #13
    It is so delightful to have an evening now and then to oneself.
  6. #14
    What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter.
  7. #15
    From fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine.
  8. #16
    Where the heart is really attached, I know very well how little one can be pleased with the attention of any body else.
  1. #17
    I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it. I assure you, if it had not been to meet you, I would not have come away from it for all the world.
  2. #18
    If I could not be persuaded into doing what I thought wrong, I will never be tricked into it.
  3. #19
    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
  4. #20
    “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
  5. #21
    “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.”
  6. #22
    A young woman in love always looks like Patience on a monument Smiling at Grief
  7. #23
    “Beware how you give your heart.”
  8. #24
    “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
  9. #25
    “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
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