Jane Austen was an English novelist and an iconic figure of the world literature. She is known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.
Her famous novels, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility,” are considered literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism. Witty Jane Austen quotes will make you rethink, and brighten up your life.
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Best Jane Austen Quotes
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. ― Jane Austen
I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. ― Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. ― Jane Austen
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. ― Jane Austen
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. ― Jane Austen
There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. ― Jane Austen
Our scars make us know that our past was for real. ― Jane Austen
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. ― Jane Austen
We are all fools in love. ― Jane Austen
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. ― Jane Austen
Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint! ― Jane Austen
It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before. ― Jane Austen
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you. ― Jane Austen
A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. ― Jane Austen
A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. ― Jane Austen
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ― Jane Austen
Time will explain. ― Jane Austen
In vain have I 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. ― Jane Austen
Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope. ― Jane Austen
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. ― Jane Austen
Famous Jane Austen Quotes on Life, Love and Friendship
- I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. ― Jane Austen
- The distance is nothing when one has a motive. ― Jane Austen
- Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. ― Jane Austen
- There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person. ― 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
- Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how. ― Jane Austen
- Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. ― Jane Austen
- Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! ― Jane Austen
- There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ― Jane Austen
- Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection. ― Jane Austen
- There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense. ― Jane Austen
- She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. ― Jane Austen
- Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. ― Jane Austen
- We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. ― Jane Austen
- Angry people are not always wise. ― Jane Austen
- Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied. ― Jane Austen
- What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance. ― Jane Austen
- 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. ― Jane Austen
- I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way. ― Jane Austen
- Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. ― Jane Austen
- What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. ― Jane Austen
- Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all. ― Jane Austen
- There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison. ― Jane Austen
- Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first? ― Jane Austen
- …but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short. ― Jane Austen
- There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. ― Jane Austen
- Better be without sense than misapply it as you do. ― Jane Austen
- She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. ― Jane Austen
- It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first. ― Jane Austen
- What are men to rocks and mountains? ― Jane Austen
- It is not everyone,’ said Elinor, ‘who has your passion for dead leaves. ― Jane Austen
- Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. ― Jane Austen
- I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never. ― Jane Austen
- How quick come the reasons for approving what we like. ― Jane Austen
- I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. ― Jane Austen
- All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone! ― Jane Austen
- Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. ― Jane Austen
Inspirational Jane Austen Quotes on Success, Social Class and More
- It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable. ― Jane Austen
- The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone. ― Jane Austen
- I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. ― Jane Austen
- One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best. ― Jane Austen
- It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. ― Jane Austen
- Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. ― Jane Austen
- Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. ― Jane Austen
- I am excessively diverted. ― Jane Austen
- Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. ― Jane Austen
- A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not. ― Jane Austen
- Without music, life would be a blank to me. ― Jane Austen
- I have not the pleasure of understanding you. ― Jane Austen
- I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me. ― Jane Austen
- I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control. ― Jane Austen
- When I fall in love, it will be forever. ― Jane Austen
- …when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure. ― Jane Austen
- Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ― Jane Austen
- Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. ― Jane Austen
- You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever. ― Jane Austen
- I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours. ― Jane Austen
- I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. ― Jane Austen
- I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. ― Jane Austen
- To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. ― Jane Austen
- But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them forever. ― Jane Austen
- From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry. ― Jane Austen
- 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.’ ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best. ― Jane Austen
- She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet. ― Jane Austen
- For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn? ― Jane Austen
- You must be the best judge of your own happiness. ― Jane Austen
- If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. ― Jane Austen
- I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself. ― Jane Austen
- You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. ― Jane Austen
Sassy Jane Austen Quotes
- Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives. ― Jane Austen
- I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other. ― Jane Austen
- She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet. ― Jane Austen
- It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language. ― Jane Austen
- One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. ― Jane Austen
- I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding— certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost forever. ― Jane Austen
- A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. ― Jane Austen
- Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. ― Jane Austen
- No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment. ― Jane Austen
- An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do. ― Jane Austen
- We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him. ― Jane Austen
- Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart. ― Jane Austen
- He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal. ― Jane Austen
- Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain. ― Jane Austen
- Till this moment I never knew myself. ― Jane Austen
- Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. ― Jane Austen
- My good opinion once lost is lost forever. ― Jane Austen
- Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?” “For the liveliness of your mind, I did. ― Jane Austen
- If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy. ― Jane Austen
- Nothing is more deceitful,” said Darcy, “than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. ― Jane Austen
- A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of. ― Jane Austen
- They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects. ― Jane Austen
- Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like. ― Jane Austen
- Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise. ― Jane Austen
- Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken. ― Jane Austen
- It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study? ― Jane Austen
- There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome. And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody. And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them. ― Jane Austen
- Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall. ― Jane Austen
- Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her. ― Jane Austen
- Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love? ― Jane Austen
- What strange creatures brothers are! ― Jane Austen
- You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
- -Mr. Darcy― Jane Austen
- I cannot make speeches, Emma…If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. ― Jane Austen
Romantic Jane Austen Quotes
- I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
- 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!,
- To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.
- He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal.
- I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.
- Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.
- There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
- A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
- Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
- I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.
- Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.
- The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
- One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.
- I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
- I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.
- 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.