Jane Austen, 1775 - 1817

English Novelist


Source
Quotations


Persuasion, 1818
To be claimed as a good, though in an improper style, is at least better than being rejected as no good at all.


Persuasion, 1818
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered an followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.


Pride and Prejudice
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?


Pride and Prejudice
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.


Pride and Prejudice
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously... Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.


Pride and Prejudice, first line
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


Emma
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.


Emma
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.


Manasfield Park
I can not think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander - by can judge of.


Manasfield Park
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.


Northanger abbey
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.