Jane Austen

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

Quotations

  • ''The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Mansfield Park, ch. 3 (1814).
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  • ''There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Mansfield Park, ch. 1 (1814).
  • ''There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, ch. 11 (1811).
  • ''Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 10 (1818).
  • ''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), British novelist. Darcy, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 10 (1813).
  • ''Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 4 (1818).
  • ''Undoubtedly ... there is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. What bears affinity to cunning is despicable.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 8 (1813).
  • ''A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 6 (1813).
  • ''Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park, ch. 35 (1814).
  • ''There seems almost a general wish of descrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 5 (1818).

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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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