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


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

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

    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.

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


    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.

    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.

    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?

    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.


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


    Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another!

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    Every body else had something to say; every body was either surprised or not surprised, and had some question to ask, or some comfort to offer.

    She did not really like her. She would not be in a hurry to find fault, but she suspected that there was no elegance, ease, but not elegance... Her person was rather good; her face not unpretty; but neither feature nor air, nor voice, nor manner were elegant.


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

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

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


    Every thing was to take its natural course, however, neither impelled nor assisted.

    She regained the street--happy in this, that though much had been forced on her against her will, though she had in fact heard the whole substance of Jane Fairfax's letter, she had been able to escape the letter itself.

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

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


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