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


    Fine dancing, I believe, like virtue, must be its own reward.

    It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together.

    She was happy, she knew she was happy, and knew she ought to be happy.

    Where the wound had been given, there must the cure be found, if any where.

    A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.



    It was impossible to quarrel with words, whose tremulous inequality showed indisposition so plainly.

    She was one of those, who, having, once begun, would be always in love.

    Where there is a wish to please, one ought to overlook, and one does overlook a great deal.

    A very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind, and sour the temper. Those who can barely live, and who live perforce in a very small, and generally very inferior, society, may well be illiberal and cross.

    He knew her illnesses; they never occurred but for her own convenience.


    That will just do for me, you know. I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth, shan't I?

    Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly.

    A young woman, if she fall into bad gands, may be teazed, and kept at a distance from those she wants to be with; but one cannot comprehend a young man's being under such restraint, as not to be able to spend a week with his father, if he likes it.

    Heavens! let me not suppose that she dares go about Emma Woodhouse-ing me! But, upon my honour, there seems no limits to the licentiousness of that woman's tongue!

    Letters are no matter of indifference; they are generally a very positive curse.

    The hair was curled, and the maid sent away, and Emma sat down to think and be miserable.

    With such a worshipping wife, it was hardly possible that any natural defects in it should not be increased. The extreme sweetness of her temper must hurt his.

    Absence with the conviction probably of her indifference, had produced this very natural and desirable effect.

    His feelings are warm, but I can imagine them rather changeable.

    Luck which so often defies anticipation in matrimonial affairs, giving attraction to what is moderate rather than to what is superior.

    The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man, is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage!


    And have you never known the pleasure and triumph of a lucky guess? I pity you. I thought you cleverer; for depend upon it, a lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it.

    I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.

    Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.

    There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do if he chooses, and that is his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigour and resolution. - Mr. Knightley


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


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