Jane Austen Quotes

• For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn? • About history: The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all — it is very tiresome. • Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. • One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. • A woman, especially if she has 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. • If there is anything disagreeable going on men are always sure to get out of it. • What strange creatures brothers are! • A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. • Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure to be kindly spoken of. • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. • If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to Yes, she ought to say No, directly. • It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should refuse an offer of marriage. • Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! • Nobody minds having what is too good for them. • A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill. • Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. • It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others. • Man is more robust than woman, but he is not longer lived; which exactly explains my view of the nature of their attachments. • If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. • I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering. • Those who do not complain are never pitied. • 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 the result of previous study? • From politics, it was an easy step to silence. • A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. • It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. • How quick come the reasons for approving what we like! • ... as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation. • ... the soul is of no sect, no party: it is, as you say, our passions and our prejudices, which give rise to our religious and political distinctions. • You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.