Jane Austen Quotes

Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their com plexion.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mr. Woodhouse in Emma, ch. 34 (1816).
Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Bennett, in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 20 (1813).
One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Elton, in Emma, ch. 36 (1816).
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.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park, ch. 1 (1814).
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).
Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mrs. Smith in Persuasion, ch. 17 (1818).
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Northanger Abbey, ch. 14 (1818).
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Pride and Prejudice, ch. 1 (1813). Opening words.
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).
It was a sweet view—sweet to the eye and the mind. British verdure, British culture, British comfort, seen under a sun bright, without being oppressive.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Emma, ch. 42 (1816).