Jane Austen Quotes
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.
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.
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly: I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.
Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
A single woman with a very narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid - the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman of good fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.
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