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date: 07 July 2020

Jane Austen 1775–1817
English novelist 

  1. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
    Emma (1816) ch. 9
  2. It was a delightful visit;–—perfect, in being much too short.
    Emma (1816) ch. 13
  3. The sooner every party breaks up the better.
    Emma (1816) ch. 25
  4. Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
    Emma (1816) ch. 26
  5. A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
    Emma (1816) ch. 27
  6. One has no great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.
    Emma (1816) ch. 36
  7. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it.
    Mansfield Park (1814) ch. 22
  8. We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
    Mansfield Park (1814) ch. 42
  9. Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can.
    Mansfield Park (1814) ch. 48
  10. ‘Oh! it is only a novel!…only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda:’ or, in short, only some work in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.
    Northanger Abbey (1818) ch. 5
  11. Oh! who can ever be tired of Bath?
    Northanger Abbey (1818) ch. 10
  12. 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 any thing, should conceal it as well as she can.
    Northanger Abbey (1818) ch. 14
  13. Every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies.
    Northanger Abbey (1818) ch.34
  14. She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.
    Persuasion (1818) ch. 4
  15. 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.
    Persuasion (1818) ch. 23
  16. All the privilege I claim for my own sex…is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.
    Persuasion (1818) ch. 23
  17. It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides.
    Persuasion (1818) ch. 23
  18. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 1
  19. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 1
  20. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 14
  21. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents.—Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 20
  22. Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 56
  23. You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 57
  24. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 57
  25. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
    Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 58
  26. Misery such as mine has no pride. I care not who knows that I am wretched.
    Sense and Sensibility (1811) vol. 2, ch. 7
  27. A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others.
    Sense and Sensibility (1811) vol. 2, ch. 9
  28. What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.
    letter, 18 September 1796
  29. 3 or 4 families in a country village is the very thing to work on.
    letter to Anna Austen, 9 September 1814
  30. What should I do with your strong, manly, spirited sketches, full of variety and glow?—How could I possibly join them on to the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush, as produces little effect after much labour?
    letter to J. Edward Austen, 16 December 1816
  31. Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor—which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.
    letter to Fanny Knight, 13 March 1817
  32. Pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.
    letter to Fanny Knight, 23 March 1817
  33. I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like.
    on starting Emma
    J. E. Austen-Leigh A Memoir of Jane Austen (1926 ed.)