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The 10 best Jane Austen Quotes

Updated on August 4, 2015
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Quotes to live by?

Born in Hampshire, England in 1775, Jane Austen was the seventh child of Cassandra and George Austen. All the Austen children were encouraged to be creative and to read widely, something which Austen did from a very early age. As a young girl she would write her own plays and skits on romantic and historical novels.

In her 30s, after her father's death, she began to publish her novels. Though they were well received, they were not as popular or critically acclaimed as they are now until many years after her death. Indeed it was not until the 1920's that scholars of English Literature began to turn their attention to her works.Now considered as one of the greatest writers in English Literature, Austen's novels have been dramatised many times on film and TV. Part of their enduring appeal is their carefully crafted characters whose dialogue is full of irony, wit and wisdom, whether the characters themselves realise it or not.

Could you live your life led by Austen quotes? Probably not, but you can certainly find quotes which resonate with life as we know it still, even in the twenty-first century. They could also allow you to add a pithy comment or two to a discussion, or perhaps insult someone so politely and intelligently that they don't even realise! Below are my top 10 favourite Austen quotes (in no particular order) - use them whenever you can......

1) "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." Emma, 1815.

2) "One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty." Pride and Predujice, 1813.

3) "It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble." Emma.

4) "Nobody minds having what is too good for them." Mansfield Park, 1814

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

6) "I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other." Emma

7) "I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them." Jane Austen (letters)

8) "Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope of a cure." Mansfield Park

9) "Those who do not complain are never pitied." Pride and Predjudice

10) "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you." Persuasion, 1817

I'm off to re-read all my Jane Austen books.....


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