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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, first line

"In vain I have 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." Volume 2, Chapter 11, pg. 130
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"Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done." Volume 2, Chapter 17, pg. 156
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"The respect created by the conviction of his valuable qualities, though at first unwillingly admitted, had for some time ceased to be repugnant to her feelings; and it was now heightened into somewhat of a friendlier nature, by the testimony so highly in his favour, and bringing forward his disposition in so amiable a light, which [their encounter at Pemberley and his visit to Elizabeth] yesterday had produced." Volume 3, Chapter 2, pg. 181
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"but that was only when I first knew her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance." Volume 3, Chapter 3, pg. 185
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"Ah! Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am a married woman." Volume 3, Chapter 9, pg. 217
Pride and Prejudice

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

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

Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
Mansfield Park

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

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

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

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman's feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.
Mansfield Park

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.
Mansfield Park

One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
Mansfield Park

The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
Mansfield Park

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
Mansfield Park

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

Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or...of something else.
Mansfield Park

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
Northanger Abbey

I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
Mansfield Park

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
Mansfield Park

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.
Mansfield Park

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
Mansfield Park

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

In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
Northanger Abbey, 1818


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