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Quotes of the day: Jane Austen

Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 7:43 PM EDT
Jul 17 2014

Jane Austen (December 16, 1775 – July 18, 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others.

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

Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.

But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.

Handsome is as handsome does; he is therefore a very ill-looking man.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit.

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

I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

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.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them.

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor, which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.

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

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

We do not look in great cities for our best morality.

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

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?

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