Quotes by British Writer Jane Austen




In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels. Jane Austen | writer
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There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person. Jane Austen | writer

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Jane Austen | writer

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation. Jane Austen | writer

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. Jane Austen | writer

Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen | writer

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable. Jane Austen | writer

What strange creatures brothers are! Jane Austen | writer

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies. Jane Austen | writer

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. Jane Austen | writer

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Jane Austen | writer

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. Jane Austen | writer

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

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Jane Austen | writer

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. Jane Austen | writer

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! Jane Austen | writer

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. Jane Austen | writer

What are men to rocks and mountains? Jane Austen | writer

You deserve a longer letter than this; but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve. Jane Austen | writer

Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does. Jane Austen | writer


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