Jane Austen Quotes (569 Quotes)


    A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

    . . . she had prejudices on the side of ancestry she had a value for rank and consequence, which blinded her a little to the faults of those who possessed them.

    General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.

    Nobody can tell what I suffer But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.

    She felt the loss of Willoughby's character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart . . .


    If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are sure to get out of it.

    My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

    All the privilege I claim for my own sex... is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.

    Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong.

    Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters.

    Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.

    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.

    Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise.

    Everything nourishes what is strong already.

    I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.

    Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way

    It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.

    In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided among the sexes.

    Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.

    Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

    No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

    They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.

    I have heard that something very shocking indeed will soon come out in London.

    He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing.

    Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.


    An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

    We all talk Shakespeare, use his similes, and describe with his descriptions.



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