Pride and Prejudice Quotes

39 of the best book quotes from Pride and Prejudice
  1. #1
    “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
  2. #2
    “You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”
  3. #3
    “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “What are men to rocks and mountains?”
  6. #6
    “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
  9. #9
    “Do anything rather than marry without affection.”
  10. #10
    “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”
  11. #11
    “Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”
  12. #12
    “We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.”
  13. #13
    “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.”
  14. #14
    “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”
  15. #15
    “She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet.”
  16. #16
    “Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush.”
  17. #17
    “It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.”
  18. #18
    “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.”
  19. #19
    “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”
  20. #20
    “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
  21. #21
    “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.”
  22. #22
    “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.”
  23. #23
    “Till this moment I never knew myself.”
  24. #24
    “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
  25. #25
    “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
  26. #26
    “The distance is nothing when one has motive.”
  27. #27
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
  28. #28
    “Nothing is more deceitful…than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”
  29. #29
    “But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
  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
    “There is nothing so bad as parting with one’s friends. One seems too forlorn without them.”
  32. #32
    “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”
  33. #33
    “A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”
  34. #34
    “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?”
  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
    “Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.” “And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”
  37. #37
    “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
  38. #38
    “Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
  39. #39
    “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.”
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