Jane Austen’s “Emma” Quotes (70 Quotes)


    At Christmas every body invites their friends and thinks little of even the worst weather.

    I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like

    Mr. Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs. Elton's beginning to talk to him.

    There was no being displeased with such an encourager, for his admiration made him discern a likeness before it was possible.




    I cannot make speeches, Emma...If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.

    Mr. Knightley, if I have not spoken, it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream.

    These are the sights, Harriet, to do one good. How trifling they make every thing else appear!---I feel now as if I could think of nothing but these poor creatures all the rest of the day; and yet, who can say how soon it may all vanish from my mind?


    I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. I am quite enough in love. I should be sorry to be more


    This sweetest and best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults.

    Blessed with so many resources within myself the world was not necessary to me. I could do very well without it.


    No, indeed, I shall grant you nothing. I always take the part of my own sex. I do indeed. I give you notice-- You will find me a formidable antagonist on that point. I always stand up for women.

    Time will generally lessen the interest of every attachment not within the daily circle.

    But a note had had been prepared and left for her, written in the very style to touch --a small mixture of reproach with a great deal of kindness

    I don't approve of surprises. The pleasure is never enhanced and the inconvenience is considerable.

    Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

    Trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now.

    Dear Diary, Today I tried not to think about Mr. Knightly. I tried not to think about him when I discussed the menu with Cook... I tried not to think about him in the garden where I thrice plucked the petals off a daisy to acertain his feelings for Harriet. I don't think we should keep daisies in the garden, they really are a drab little flower. And I tried not to think about him when I went to bed, but something had to be done.




    Do not deceive yourself; do not be run away with by gratitude and compassion.


    One cannot creep upon a journey; one cannot help getting on faster than one has planned: and the pleasure of coming in upon one's friends before the look-out begins is worth a great deal more than any little exertion it needs.

    Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love ; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.



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