Quotes by British Writer Jane Austen


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

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

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


What strange creatures brothers are! Jane Austen

Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Jane Austen


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