Jane Austen Quotes
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
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.
Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
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.
From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
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.
Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
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.
Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
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December 16, 1775
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