Jane Austen Quotations

Jane Austen

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.

It is well to have as many holds on happiness as possible.

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.

Take my word for it, if you are in too great a hurry, you will certainly live to repent it.

There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry. It is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.

There seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labor of, and of slighting those performances which have only genius, wit and taste to recommend them.

To torment and to instruct might sometimes be used as synonymous words.

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How many times is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?