Jane Austen

Jane Austen
Jane Austen
  • Born: December 16, 1775
  • Died: July 28, 1817
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Writer









Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism, humour, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim among critics, scholars, and popular audiences alike.

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But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all -- it is very tiresome History
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. Human Nature
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Minorities & Women
Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. Public Opinion & Polling
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. Happiness & Unhappiness
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 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.
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. Sports & Athletics
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.
Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does. Friendship ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
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.
Every savage can dance.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn? Sports & Athletics
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be. Friendship
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being. Women
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Families, Children & Parenting
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!
Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. Life
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.
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
Is not general incivility the very essence of love? Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Truth ;Families, Children & Parenting
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
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?
It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.
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.
Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. Life
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.
My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.
Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. Families, Children & Parenting
Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
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.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
One man's style must not be the rule of another's.
One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.
Respect for right conduct is felt by every body. Respect
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. Truth
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. Hope
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony. Women
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
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. Power
There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them. Women
There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. Romantic
There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. Life ;Nature
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Those who do not complain are never pitied.
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
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. Life
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Nature
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.
Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!
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.
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.

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