Jane Austen

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

Jane Austen Quotes

  • ''A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 27 (1816).
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  • ''When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other's comfort.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion, ch. 24 (1818).
  • ''There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 31 (1816).
  • ''Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion, ch. 7 (1818).
  • ''A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable, old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 10 (1816).
  • ''It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 8 (1816).
  • ''How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion, ch. 2 (1818).
  • ''There are people, the more you do for them, the less they do for themselves.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma's thought, in Emma, ch. 11 (1816).
  • ''The public ... is rather apt to be unreasonably discontented when a woman does marry again, than when she does not.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion, ch. 1 (1818).
  • ''General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma's thought, in Emma, ch. 37 (1816).

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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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