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Jane Austen quotes (73)

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
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A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
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A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
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A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
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An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
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An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.
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Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
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Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.
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Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
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For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
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Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
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From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
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General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
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Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.
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Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.
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Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
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How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!
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Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.
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Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
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I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
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I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.
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I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
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I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
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If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
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If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
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It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
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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 they the result of previous study?
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It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.
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It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
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Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
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Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
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My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
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My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.
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Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.
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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.
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Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
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Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
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Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
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One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
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One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.
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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
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One man's style must not be the rule of another's.
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One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.
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Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.
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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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Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
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Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
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The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
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There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.
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There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
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There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
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There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
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There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.
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They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.
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Those who do not complain are never pitied.
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To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
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To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
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To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.
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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
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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.
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Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
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We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.
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We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
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What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
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What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!
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