These Jane Austen quotes are a good read about friendship, courage, happiness, love, and every bit of useful wisdom in between.
English novelist Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775. She earned wide recognition mainly for her six novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Her works are known for their brilliant irony, realism, humor, and social commentary depicting the British gentry during the end of the 18th century.
During her lifetime, she achieved moderate success when her novels were published anonymously. Several years later after her death in 1817 at age 41, her novels were republished. It was during this period that popular readership of her works was established. Jane Austen remains prominent in modern times with her novels having been adapted for film and television.
Considering she lived during a time where women had limited freedom to pursue their true passion, Jane Austen broke social barriers and expectations so she could live the life she wanted and do the thing that felt right. Here are 30 Jane Austen quotes gathered from some of her best works.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
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, Northanger Abbey
When I fall in love, it will be forever. – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. – Jane Austen, Jane Austen’s Letters
Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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, Persuasion
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, Mansfield Park
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. – Jane Austen, Emma Vol. 2
I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way. – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Better be without sense than misapply it as you do. – Jane Austen, Emma
I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best. – Jane Austen, Persuasion
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. – Jane Austen, Emma
Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
You must be the best judge of your own happiness. – Jane Austen, Emma
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know because there is no hope of a cure. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
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, Pride and Prejudice
We are all fools in love. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
We do not suffer by accident. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. – Jane Austen, Emma
There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. – Jane Austen, Emma
Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
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, Pride and Prejudice
Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint! – Jane Austen, Love and Friendship
It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
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