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Jane Austen

(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817 / Hampshire, England)


  • ''The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Woodhouse, in Emma, ch. 12 (1816).
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  • ''Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their com plexion.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Woodhouse in Emma, ch. 34 (1816).
  • ''Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Bennett, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 20 (1813).
  • ''One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Elton, in Emma, ch. 36 (1816).
  • ''Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park, ch. 1 (1814).
  • ''What instances must pass before them of ardent, disinterested, self-denying attachment, of heroism, fortitude, patience, resignation—of all the conflicts and the sacrifices that enno ble us most. A sick room may often furnish the worth of volumes.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Smith in Persuasion, ch. 17 (1818).
  • ''Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Smith in Persuasion, ch. 17 (1818).
  • ''Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried.... "And what are you reading, Miss—?" "Oh! it is only a novel!" replies the young lady; while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. "It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda"; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Northanger Abbey, ch. 5 (1818).
  • ''A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Northanger Abbey, ch. 14 (1818).
  • ''It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Pride and Prejudice, ch. 1 (1813). Opening words.

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This Little Bag

This little bag I hope will prove
To be not vainly made--
For, if you should a needle want
It will afford you aid.
And as we are about to part
T'will serve another end,
For when you look upon the Bag
You'll recollect your friend

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