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Jane Austen
December 16, 1775 - July 28, 1817
Nationality: British
Category: Writer
Subcategory: British Writer

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


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.


Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.


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.


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


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


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.


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


My sore throats are always worse than anyone's.


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


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


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


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


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.


Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.


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.


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


Nobody minds having what is too good for them.


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


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


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