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Born: 1775-12-16
Died: 1817-07-18

Jane Austen Biography

"Only a novel"... in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.
- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
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A woman should never be trusted with money.
- Jane Austen, The Watsons
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An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
- Jane Austen, Letter to Cassandra, 25 November 1798
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At my time of life opinions are tolerably fixed. It is not likely that I should now see or hear anything to change them.
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
- Jane Austen
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Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
- Jane Austen
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For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
- Jane Austen
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Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
- Jane Austen
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How much I love every thing that is decided and open!
- Jane Austen, Emma
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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.
- Jane Austen, Emma
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I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.
- Jane Austen, Emma
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I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.
- Jane Austen
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I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
- Jane Austen
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I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
- Jane Austen
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If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient at others, so bewildered and so weak and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control We are, to be sure, a miracle every way but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
- Jane Austen
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In all the important preparations of the mind she was complete: being prepared for matrimony by an hatred of home, restraint, and tranquillity; by the misery of disappointed affection, and contempt of the man she was to marry.
- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
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In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
- Jane Austen
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of ths surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (opening lines)
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It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
- Jane Austen
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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.
- Jane Austen
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Life is just a quick succession of busy nothings.
- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
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Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
- Jane Austen
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Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.
- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
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Oh do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
- Jane Austen
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Oh! dear; I was so miserable! I am sure I must have been as white as my gown.
- Jane Austen, Emma
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One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
- Jane Austen
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One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
- Jane Austen
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One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.
- Jane Austen
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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
- Jane Austen
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Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.
- Jane Austen, Emma
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Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
- Jane Austen
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The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
- Jane Austen
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
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There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry . It is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.
- Jane Austen
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There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better we find comfort somewhere.
- Jane Austen
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Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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Those who do not complain are never pitied.
- Jane Austen
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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
- Jane Austen
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We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of a man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
- Jane Austen
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We met Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.
- Jane Austen
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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
- Jane Austen
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Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.
- Jane Austen
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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
- Jane Austen
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Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.
- Jane Austen
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Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.
- Jane Austen, from a letter to her niece, November 18, 1814
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You have delighted us long enough.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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