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Quotations From JANE AUSTEN


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  • What instances must pass before them of ardent, disinterested, self-denying attachment, of heroism, fortitude, patience, resignation—of all the conflicts and the sacrifices that enno ble us most. A sick room may often furnish the worth of volumes.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Smith in Persuasion, ch. 17 (1818).

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  • A Mr. (save, perhaps, some half dozen in the nation,) always needs a note of explanation.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Sir Walter Eliot in Persuasion, ch. 3 (1818).
  • No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey, ch. 19 (1818).

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  • Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. John Knightley, in Emma, ch. 34 (1816).

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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 (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma, ch. 22 (1816).

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  • It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 8 (1816).

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  • Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Knightley in Emma, ch. 18 (1816).

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  • What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Weston in Emma, ch. 23 (1816).
  • There are secrets in all families.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Weston in Emma, ch. 14 (1816).
  • If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Weston in Emma, ch. 36 (1816).
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