Jane Austen

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

Jane Austen Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Edmund, in Mansfield Park, ch. 9 (1814).
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  • ''To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life, than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 1 (1818).
  • ''I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Elinor, in Sense and Sensibility, ch. 13 (1811).
  • ''Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 10 (1818).
  • ''One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Elizabeth Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 40.
  • ''Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 7 (1818).
  • ''Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma, ch. 22 (1816).
  • ''One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma, in Emma, ch. 9 (1816).
  • ''It is very unfair to judge any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what difficulties of any individual of that family may be.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 18 (1816).
  • ''To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion, ch. 24 (1818).

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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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