Quotations by Austen, Jane


Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Emma (1815)
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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Emma (1815)
Added on 26-Apr-10 | Last updated 26-Apr-10
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Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Emma, ch. 30
Added on 17-Oct-05 | Last updated 17-Oct-05
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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Emma, ch. 9 (1816)
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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.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Mansfield Park (1814)
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Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.‬

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Pride and Prejudice, ch. 10 [Darcy] (1813)
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Those who do not complain are never pitied.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Pride and Prejudice, ch. 20 [Mrs. Bennet] (1813)
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I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Pride and Prejudice, ch. 58 (1813)
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Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Sense and Sensability, ch. 31 (1811)
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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Letter (18 Sep 1796)
Added on 28-Jun-10 | Last updated 24-Jun-10
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I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist
Letter to her sister Cassandra (24 Dec 1798)
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