Top 10 Jane Austen Quotes

A wonderful collection of quotes from the author Jane Austen – or Emma Jane Austen as she is sometimes remembered.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
Jane Austen

Those who do not complain are never pitied.
Jane Austen

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
Jane Austen

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

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

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

Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
Jane Austen

One cannot have too large a party.
Jane Austen

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

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
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

How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them!
Jane Austen

I had a very pleasant evening, however, though you will probably find out that there was no particular reason for it; but I do not think it worth while to wait for enjoyment until there is some real opportunity for it.
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

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