It was too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and myself. We fainted alternately on the sofa.Jane Austen1790 Love and Freindship,'Letter the 8th'.
May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?Jane Austen1813 Pride and Prejudice, ch.14.
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope for a cure.Jane Austen1814 Mansfield Park, ch.7.
What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.Jane AustenLetter (1796-09-18) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provisions for discourse.Jane Austen1811Sense and Sensibility, vol.2, ch.6.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.Jane Austen1813 Pride and Prejudice, ch.1, opening lines.
Her mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.Jane Austen1813 Of Mrs Bennet. Pride and Prejudice, ch.1.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.Jane Austen1813 Pride and Prejudice, ch.6.
We do not look in great cities for our best morality.Jane Austen1814 Mansfield Park, ch.9.
Pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.Jane Austen1817 Of heroines in novels. Letter to Fanny Knight, 23 Mar.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.Jane AustenLetter to Cassandra (1798-12-24) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
We are to have a tiny party here tonight. I hate tiny parties, they force one into constant exertion.Jane AustenLetter (1801-05-21) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
I am sorry to tell you that I am getting very extravagant, and spending all my money, and, what is worse for you , I have been spending yours too.Jane AustenLetter to Cassandra (1811-04-18) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.Jane AustenPride and Prejudice (1813)
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.Jane AustenPride and Prejudice (1813)
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.Jane AustenPride and Prejudice (1813)
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.Jane AustenMansfield Park (1814)
We do not look in great cities for our best morality.Jane AustenMansfield Park (1814)
Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.Jane AustenSaid by Fanny Price in a 1999 adaptation of Mansfield Park, actual quote:Dinner was soon followed by tea and coffee, a ten miles' drive home allowed no waste of hours; and from the time of their sitting down to table, it was a quick succession of busy nothings till the carriage came to the door, and Mrs. Norris, having fidgeted about, and obtained a few pheasants' eggs and a cream cheese from the housekeeper, and made abundance of civil speeches to Mrs. Rushworth, was ready to lead the way.
Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.Jane AustenJane Austen, Mansfield Park, Chapter XI.
Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope for a cure.Jane AustenJane Austen, Mansfield Park (1914).
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