The 25 Best Jane Austen Quotes

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  • The wittiest woman in literature is still one of our favourite authors of all time. To celebrate what would have been her birthday, here's our rundown of her most brilliantly eloquent quotes...

    1. ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ Pride and Prejudice

    2. ‘Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.’ Mansfield Park

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

    4. ‘To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.’ Pride and Prejudice

    5. ‘Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.’ Mansfield Park

    6. ‘A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.’ Pride and Prejudice

    7. ‘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.’ Pride and Prejudice

    8. ‘Nobody minds having what is too good for them.’ Mansfield Park

    9. ‘A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.’ Mansfield Park

    10. ‘Is not general incivility the very essence of love?’ Pride and Prejudice

    11. ‘Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.’ Mansfield Park

    12. ‘You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.’ Pride and Prejudice

    13. ‘Those who do not complain are never pitied.’ Pride and Prejudice

    14. ‘It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.’ Sense and Sensibility

    15. ‘How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!’ Persuasion

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

    17. ‘For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours and laugh at them in our turn?’ Pride and Prejudice

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

    19. ‘Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.’ Emma

    20. ‘Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.’ Pride and Prejudice

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

    22. ‘I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.’ Emma

    23. ‘My sore throats are always worse than anyone’s.’ Persuasion

    24. ‘Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of.’ Pride and Prejudice

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

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