Jane Austen Quotes

Best Jane Austen Quotes

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique, and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. She is known for her classically understated style and sly, ironic humor.

Pride and Prejudice has consistently appeared near the top of lists of "most-loved books" among literary scholars and the reading public. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold, and has inspired many derivatives in modern literature.

HERE IS A SELECTION OF JANE AUSTEN MOST FAMOUS QUOTES ON LIFE, LOVE, AND FRIENDSHIP.


Best Jane Austen Quotes

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

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.

―> Jane Austen

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

―> Jane Austen

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.

―> Jane Austen

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.

―> Jane Austen

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

―> Jane Austen

When I fall in love, it will be forever.

―> Jane Austen

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

―> Jane Austen

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

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.

―> Jane Austen

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

―> Jane Austen

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

―> Jane Austen

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

You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

―> Jane Austen

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

―> Jane Austen

To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.

―> Jane Austen

Angry people are not always wise.

―> Jane Austen

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

―> Jane Austen

An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.

―> Jane Austen

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.

―> Jane Austen

Till this moment I never knew myself.

―> Jane Austen

You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.

―> Jane Austen

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

―> Jane Austen

But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.

―> Jane Austen

My good opinion once lost is lost forever.

―> Jane Austen

What are men to rocks and mountains?

―> Jane Austen

We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.

―> Jane Austen

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.

―> Jane Austen

He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.

―> Jane Austen

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.

―> Jane Austen

If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.

―> Jane Austen

There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.

―> Jane Austen

There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome. And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.

―> Jane Austen

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

―> Jane Austen

A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of.

―> Jane Austen

The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.

―> Jane Austen

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

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

―> Jane Austen

Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.

―> Jane Austen

It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.

―> Jane Austen

There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.

―> Jane Austen

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

―> Jane Austen

The distance is nothing when one has a motive.

―> Jane Austen

You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.

―> Jane Austen

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.

―> Jane Austen

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.

―> Jane Austen

I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.

―> Jane Austen

Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.

―> Jane Austen

What strange creatures brothers are!

―> Jane Austen

Time will explain.

―> Jane Austen

I have not the pleasure of understanding you.

―> Jane Austen

Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.

―> Jane Austen

She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.

―> Jane Austen

I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.

―> Jane Austen

Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.

―> Jane Austen

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

―> Jane Austen

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!

―> Jane Austen

I was quiet, but I was not blind.

―> Jane Austen

Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.

―> Jane Austen

Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.

―> Jane Austen

Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!

―> Jane Austen

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.

―> Jane Austen

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

―> Jane Austen

Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.

―> Jane Austen

Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.

―> Jane Austen

Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.

―> Jane Austen

All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

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

When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.

―> Jane Austen

She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.

―> Jane Austen

Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love ; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.

―> Jane Austen

I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be...yours.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.

―> Jane Austen

I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

I have been used to consider poetry as "the food of love".

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?

―> Jane Austen

You must be the best judge of your own happiness.

―> Jane Austen

She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.

―> Jane Austen

Without music, life would be a blank to me.

―> Jane Austen

Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.

―> Jane Austen

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

―> Jane Austen

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

―> Jane Austen

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.

―> Jane Austen

One man's style must not be the rule of another's.

―> Jane Austen

From politics, it was an easy step to silence.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.

―> Jane Austen

Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!

―> Jane Austen

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

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

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

―> Jane Austen

My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly: I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.

―> Jane Austen

Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.

―> Jane Austen

A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who can do it, where there is no doubt of her regard, must, I think, be the happiest of mortals.

―> Jane Austen

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

―> Jane Austen

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

―> Jane Austen

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.

―> Jane Austen

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

―> Jane Austen

General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.

―> Jane Austen

Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.

―> Jane Austen

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

Every savage can dance.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.

―> Jane Austen

Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of the mouths of other people.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

―> Jane Austen

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

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

Nobody minds having what is too good for them.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

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

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

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

―> Jane Austen

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

―> Jane Austen

Is not general incivility the very essence of love?

―> Jane Austen

There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.

―> Jane Austen

It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.

―> Jane Austen

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

―> Jane Austen

Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions.

―> Jane Austen

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.

―> Jane Austen

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

―> Jane Austen

To love is to burn, to be on fire.

―> Jane Austen

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.

―> Jane Austen

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.

―> Jane Austen

My heart is, and always will be, yours.

―> Jane Austen

There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

―> Jane Austen

Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.

―> Jane Austen

Self-knowledge is the first step to maturity.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.

―> Jane Austen

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.

―> Jane Austen

Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another.

―> Jane Austen

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

―> Jane Austen

Our scars make us know that our past was for real

―> Jane Austen

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

―> Jane Austen

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility.

―> Jane Austen

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?

―> Jane Austen

It is very unfair to judge any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation.

―> Jane Austen

To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.

―> Jane Austen

Look into your own heart because who looks outside, dreams, but who looks inside awakes.

―> Jane Austen

There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.

―> Jane Austen

It is only a novel... or, 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

I cannot make speeches, Emma...If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.

―> Jane Austen

I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding— certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.

―> Jane Austen

From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.

―> Jane Austen

It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of a man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire... Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.

―> Jane Austen


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