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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How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

The sooner every party breaks up the better.

Vanity, working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

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.

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible

My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.

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

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

How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare, after all, there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.

We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.

There is hardly any personal defect which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to.

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.

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

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

Those who do not complain are never pitied

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.

Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.

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