Famous Jane Austen Quotes

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


And if I had not a letter to write myself, I might sit by you and admire the evenness of your writing, as another young lady once did. But I have an aunt too, who must not be longer neglected.


What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?” Grandeur has but little,” said Elin or, “but wealth has much to do with it.” Elin or, for shame!” Said Marianne. “Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.


Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.


Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential; but a little learning is by no means a dangerous thing in good company; on the contrary, it will do very well.


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


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


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


I am determined that only the deepest love will induce me into matrimony. So I shall end an old maid, and teach your ten children to embroider cushions and play their instruments very ill.


Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend?


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


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; it is selfishness and impatience rather than generosity and fortitude, that one hears of. There is so little real friendship in the world! – and unfortunately’ (speaking low and tremulously) ‘there are so many who forget to think seriously till it is almost too late.


Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.


But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state. Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.


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.


What are men to rocks and mountains?


Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.


There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.