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  • Blessed with so many resources within myself the world was not necessary to me. I could do very well without it.
    (Jane Austen, "Emma")

  • I do not find myself making any use of the word sacrifice.
    (Jane Austen, "Emma")

  • 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.
    (Jane Austen, "Emma")

  • Time will generally lessen the interest of every attachment not within the daily circle.
    (Jane Austen, "Emma")

  • But it is very foolish to ask questions about any young ladies - about any three sisters just grown up; for one knows, without being told, exactly what they are - all very accomplished and pleasing, and one very pretty. There is a beauty in every family. - It is a regular thing
    (Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park")


  • I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.
    (Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park")

  • Run mad as long as you choose, but do not faint.
    (Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park")

  • You have qualities which I had not before supposed to exist in such a degree in any human creature. You have some touches of the angel in you.
    (Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park")

  • I assure you. I have no notion of treating men with such respect. That is the way to spoil them.
    (Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey")

  • The mere habit of learning to love is the thing; and a teachableness of disposition in a young lady is a great blessing
    (Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey")

  • An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous.
    (Jane Austen, "Persuasion")

  • I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
    (Jane Austen, "Persuasion")

  • So you and I are to be left to shift by ourselves, with this poor sick child; and not a creature coming near us all the evening! I knew how it would be. This is always my luck. If there is anything disagreeable going on men are always sure to get out of it, and Charles is as bad as any of them.
    (Jane Austen, "Persuasion")

  • You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.
    (Jane Austen, "Persuasion")

  • But Elizabeth was not formed for ill-humour; and though every prospect of her own was destroyed for the evening, it could not dwell long on her spirits; and having told all her griefs to Charlotte Lucas, whom she had not seen for a week, she was soon able to make a voluntary transition to the oddities of her cousin, and to point him out to her particular notice. The first two dances, however, brought a return of distress; they were dances of mortification. Mr. Collins, awkward
    (Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice")


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