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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Everything nourishes what is strong already.

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.

I do not want people to be agreeable as it saves me that trouble of liking them.

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

Nobody who has not been in the interior of a family can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

The more I know of the world the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

The post office has a great charm at one point of our lives. When you have lived to my age you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for.

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

There are people who, the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

On his two younger sisters he then bestowed an equal portion of his fraternal tenderness, for he asked each of them how they did and observed that they both looked very ugly.

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.

You mistake me my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.

There is nothing like employment, active indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow.

My being charming, Harriet, is not quite enough to induce me to marry, I must find other people charming - one other person at least.

Everybody likes to go their own way - to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree, the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

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