Jane Austen Best Quotes

Jane Austen (ˈdʒeɪn ˈɔːstən; 16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. Enjoy Jane Austen’s best quotes below.

Jane Austen
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”
“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.”
“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.”
“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
“Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”
“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”
“In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.”
“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.”
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
“What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.”
“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
“There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”
“Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.”
“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.”
“A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”
“A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.”
“From politics, it was an easy step to silence.”
“Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.”
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”
“There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.”
“They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.”
“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
“Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.”
“Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.”
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”
“General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.”
“To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.”
“We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.”
“There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.”
“What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!”
“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.”
“Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”
“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
“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.”
“One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s.”
“Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.”
“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.”
“Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.”
“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.”
“It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?”
“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.”
“I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”
“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!”
“Nobody minds having what is too good for them.”
“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.”
“Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.”
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.”
“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.”
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”
“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.”
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
“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.”
“Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.”
“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
“A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”
“If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.”
“My sore throats are always worse than anyone’s.”
“There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.”
“Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.”
“One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”
“It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.”
“An artist cannot do anything slovenly.”
“One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”
“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.”
“Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.”
“Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.”
“To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.”
“Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.”
“Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.”
“Every savage can dance.”
“I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.”
“It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.”
“Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.”
“Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.”
“There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.”
“A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who can do it, where there is no doubt of her regard, must, I think, be the happiest of mortals.”
“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.”
“The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.”
“Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of the mouths of other people.”

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