Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) 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. Jane Austen's use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary have earned her great and historical importance to critics and scholars.

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There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere and we are all apt to expect too much, but then if one scheme of happiness fails human nature turns to another, if the first calculation is wrong we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere...

The youth and cheerfulness of morning are in happy analogy and of powerful operation, and if the distress be not poignant enough to keep the eyes unclosed, they will be sure to open to sensations of softened pain and brighter hope.

There are certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are of pretty woman to deserve them.

It was not very wonderful that Catherine... should prefer cricket base ball... to books.

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.

It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.

You have delighted us long enough.

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.

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion and sometimes an indirect boast.

She felt the loss of Willoughby's character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart.

I have heard that something very shocking indeed will soon come out in London.

From politics it was an easy step to silence.

In nine cases out of ten a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

Mr. Collins was not a sensible man and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society.

If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.

A man must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside and encounter such a day as this for the sake of coming to see him. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow.

Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.

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