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Jane Austen Quotes


English novelist.
(1775 - 1817)


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A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of.
[Love]
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A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
 

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
 

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
 

A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
[Positive]
 

A woman should never be trusted with money.
 

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

An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
 

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.
 

At my time of life opinions are tolerably fixed. It is not likely that I should now see or hear anything to change them.
 

Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
 

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
 

Do not be in a hurry, the right man will come at last.
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Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.
 

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
 

Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
 

Everybody's heart is open, you know, when they have recently escaped from severe pain, or are recovering the blessing of health.
[Adversity]
 

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
 

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
 

From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
 


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