100+ Jane Austen Quotes


“Embark on a journey through 100+ Jane Austen quotes, where wit and wisdom intertwine in the world of Regency-era literature. Austen’s words invite you to explore the complexities of relationships, society, and personal growth. Her characters come to life through these quotes, showcasing her keen observations and timeless themes. Immerse yourself in her stories of love, manners, and social commentary, and discover how her insights continue to resonate with readers today. Engage with her elegant prose and let her quotes transport you to a world of romance and social intrigue.”

Jane Austen Quotes

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

A single woman with a very narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid – the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman of good fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else.

Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.

Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.

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

If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

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

Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.

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

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

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

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.

To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?

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

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

I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.

One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.

Is not general incivility the very essence of love?

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.

From politics, it was an easy step to silence.

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

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.

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