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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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.

Everything nourishes what is strong already.

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.

I do not want people to be agreeable as it saves me that trouble of liking them.

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

Nobody who has not been in the interior of a family can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

The more I know of the world the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

The post office has a great charm at one point of our lives. When you have lived to my age you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for.

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