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

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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Happy The Lab'Rer

Happy the lab'rer in his Sunday clothes!
In light-drab coat, smart waistcoat, well-darn'd hose,
Andhat upon his head, to church he goes;
As oft, with conscious pride, he downward throws
A glance upon the ample cabbage rose
That, stuck in button-hole, regales his nose,
He envies not the gayest London beaux.
In church he takes his seat among the rows,
Pays to the place the reverence he owes,

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