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Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.
—  Jane Austen
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
—  Jane Austen
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
—  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
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
—  Jane Austen
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
—  Jane Austen
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
—  Jane Austen
You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.
—  Jane Austen
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
—  Jane Austen
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
—  Jane Austen
She went, however, and they sauntered about together many a half hour in Mr. Grant's shrubbery, the weather being unusually mild for the time of year, and venturing sometimes even to sit down on one of the benches now comparatively unsheltered, remaining there perhaps till, in the midst of some tender ejaculation of Fanny's on the sweets of so protracted an autumn, they were forced by the sudden swell of a cold gust shaking down the last few yellow leaves about them, to jump up and walk for warmth.
—  Jane Austen
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
—  Jane Austen
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
—  Jane Austen
Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters.
—  Jane Austen
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.
—  Jane Austen
Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.
—  Jane Austen
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
—  Jane Austen
Single women have a dreadful propensity to being poor.
—  Jane Austen
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.
—  Jane Austen
We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.
—  Jane Austen
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
—  Jane Austen
What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
—  Jane Austen
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
—  Jane Austen
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.
—  Jane Austen
Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.
—  Jane Austen
Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
—  Jane Austen
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
—  Jane Austen

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