Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Jane Austen's use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary have earned her great and historical importance to critics and scholars.

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She was a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper.

It was perhaps one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides.

It will be a bitter pill to her, that is like other bitter pills, it will have two moments ill-flavor and then be swallowed and forgotten.

Drinking too much of Mr Weston's good wine.

Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters.

He was not handsome and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing.

If you observe, people always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them.

His own enjoyment, or his own ease, was in every particular his ruling principle.

An annuity is a very serious business.

Everything united in her, good understanding, correct opinions, knowledge of the world and a warm heart

She was determined as she felt it to be her duty to try to overcome all that was excessive.

An egg boiled very soft is not unwholesome.

One has no great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.

It is only poverty that makes celibacy contemptible. A single woman of good fortune is always respectable.

It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many many months successively without being at any ball of any description and no material injury accrue either to body or mind, but when a beginning is made -- when the felicities of rapid motion have once been though slightly felt -- it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.

The gentleness, modesty, and sweetness of her character were warmly expatiated on, that sweetness which makes so essential a part of every woman's worth in the judgment of man that, though he sometimes loves where it is not, he can never believe it absent.

In every power of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided among the sexes.

If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

You give me fresh life and vigour. Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return it shall not be like other travelers without being able to give one accurate idea of any thing. We will know where we have gone.

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