Jane Austen Quotes

To be claimed as good, though in an improper style, is at least better than being rejected as no good at all.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion, ch. 5 (1818).
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Fanny, in Mansfield Park, ch. 9 (1814).
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Frank Churchill, in Emma, ch. 24 (1816). Emma replies, "Not till the reserve ceases towards one's self; and then the attraction may be the greater."
Like many other great moralists and preachers, she had been eloquent on a point in which her own conduct would ill bear examination.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Persuasion; of Anne Elliot, ch. 11 (1818).
On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provision for discourse.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Sense and Sensibility, ch. 6 (1811).
But Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is a part of an Englishman's constitution. His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them everywhere; one is intimate with him by instinct.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Henry Crawford, in Mansfield Park, ch. 34 (1814).
Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. The narrator, in Sense and Sensibility, ch. 21 (1811).
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.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Henry Crawford, in Mansfield Park, ch. 5 (1814).
Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is part of a British man's constitution. His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them every where, one is intimate with him by instinct.—No man of any brain can open at a good part of one of his plays, without falling into the flow of his meaning immediately.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park, ch. 34 (1814).
I am pleased that you have learned to love a hyacinth. The mere habit of learning to love is the thing; and a teachableness of disposition in a young lady is a great blessing.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey, ch. 22 (1818).