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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I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice though, not in principle.

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.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

What are men to rocks and mountains?

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.

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

A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.

An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.

One cannot have too large a party.

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. - Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins and I will never see you again if you do.

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.

One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.

Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions,

Nobody is on my side, nobody takes part with me: I am cruelly used, nobody feels for my poor nerves.

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