Jane Austen Quotes




Jane Austen

Jane Austen was a major English novelist, whose brilliantly witty, elegantly structured satirical fiction marks the transition in English literature from 18th century neo-classicism to 19th century romanticism.  Jane Austen was born on 16 December, 1775, at the rectory in the village of Steventon, near Basingstoke, in Hampshire. The seventh of eight children of the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra, she was educated mainly at home and never lived apart from her family. She had a happy childhood amongst all her brothers and the other boys who lodged with the family and whom Mr Austen tutored. From her older sister, Cassandra, she was inseparable. To amuse themselves, the children wrote and performed plays and charades, and even as a little girl Jane was encouraged to write. The reading that she did of the books in her father’s extensive library provided material for the short satirical sketches she wrote as a girl. 

 

Jane Austen Quotes

 

  • A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. – Jane Austen

 

  • A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. – Jane Austen

 

  • A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer. – Jane Austen

 

  • A person, who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill. – Jane Austen

 

  • A woman, especially, if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen

 

  • I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety. – Jane Austen

 

  •   I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. – Jane Austen

 

  • I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. – Jane Austen

 

  • I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. – Jane Austen

 

  • If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. – Jane Austen

 

  • If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next. – Jane Austen

 

  • In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels. – Jane Austen

 

  • It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. – Jane Austen

 

  • It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

 

  • It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study? – Jane Austen

 

  • It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before. – Jane Austen

 

  • 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

 

  • Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. – Jane Austen

 

  • Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. – Jane Austen

 

  • Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands will not allow books to prove anything. – Jane Austen

 

  • My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company. – Jane Austen

 

  • Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. – Jane Austen

 

  • Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. – Jane Austen

 

  • One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. – Jane Austen

 

  • One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. – Jane Austen

 

  • One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. – Jane Austen

 

  • One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s. – Jane Austen

 

  • One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best. – Jane Austen

 

  • Respect for right conduct is felt by everybody. – Jane Austen

 

  • Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. – Jane Austen
  • Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. – Jane Austen

 

  • Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. is one very strong argument, in favor of matrimony. – Jane Austen

 

  • Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. – Jane Austen

 

  • The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. – Jane Austen

 

  • The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen

 

  • There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them. – Jane Austen

 

  • There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. – Jane Austen

 

  • There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. – Jane Austen

 

  • There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. – Jane Austen

 

  • 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

 

  • They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. – Jane Austen

 

  • My sore throats are always worse than anyone’s. – Jane Austen

 

  • Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. – Jane Austen

 

  • No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment. – Jane Austen

 

  • Nobody minds having what is too good for them. – Jane Austen

 

  • An artist cannot do anything slovenly. – Jane Austen

 

  • An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done. – Jane Austen

 

  • Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does. – Jane Austen

 

  • Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. – Jane Austen

 

  • Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies. – Jane Austen

 

  • For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?

 

  • Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. – Jane Austen

 

  • From politics, it was an easy step to silence. – Jane Austen

 

  • General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be. – Jane Austen

 

  • Those who do not complain are never pitied. – Jane Austen

 

  • To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. – Jane Austen

 

  • To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment. – Jane Austen

 

  • To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive. – Jane Austen

 

  • To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. – Jane Austen

 

  • 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

 

  • Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief. – Jane Austen

 

  • We do not look in our great cities for our best morality. – Jane Austen

 

  • We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. – Jane Austen

 

  • What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. – Jane Austen

 

  • What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!

 

  • Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. – Jane Austen

 

  • 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

 

  • Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her more.  No woman will like her 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

 

  • Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. – Jane Austen

 

  • Good-humored, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being. – Jane Austen

 

  • Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. – Jane Austen

 

  • How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

 

  • 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

 

  • Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain. – Jane Austen