Jane Austen

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

Jane Austen Quotes

  • ''An artist cannot do anything slovenly.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, November 17, 1798, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952).
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  • ''Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. John Knightley, in Emma, ch. 34 (1816).
  • ''It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;Mit 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.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, ch. 12 (1811).
  • ''Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 5 (1813).
  • ''Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park, ch. 7 (1814).
  • ''Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mary Crawford, in Mansfield Park, ch. 11 (1814).
  • ''A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Miss Bingley, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 10 (1813).
  • ''For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 57 (1813).
  • ''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.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 1 (1813). In answer to Mrs. Bennet's accusation that he had "no compassion on my poor nerves."
  • ''With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. John Knightley, in Emma, ch. 13 (1816). Describing Mr. Elton.

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Best Poem of Jane Austen

I'Ve A Pain In My Head

'I've a pain in my head'
Said the suffering Beckford;
To her Doctor so dread.
'Oh! what shall I take for't?'

Said this Doctor so dread
Whose name it was Newnham.
'For this pain in your head
Ah! What can you do Ma'am?'

Said Miss Beckford, 'Suppose
If you think there's no risk,
I take a good Dose
Of calomel brisk.'--

'What a praise worthy Notion.'
Replied Mr. Newnham.
'You shall have such a potion
And so will I too Ma'am.'

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When Winchester Races

When Winchester races first took their beginning
It is said the good people forgot their old Saint
Not applying at all for the leave of Saint Swithin
And that William of Wykeham's approval was faint.

The races however were fixed and determined
The company came and the Weather was charming
The Lords and the Ladies were satine'd and ermined
And nobody saw any future alarming.--

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