Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.
1. TO SIT IN THE SHADE ON A FINE DAY AND LOOK UPON VERDURE IS THE MOST PERFECT REFRESHMENT.
2. 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.
3. THE PERSON, BE IT GENTLEMAN OR LADY, WHO HAS NOT PLEASURE IN A GOOD NOVEL, MUST BE INTOLERABLY STUPID.
4. FRIENDSHIP IS CERTAINLY THE FINEST BALM FOR THE PANGS OF DISAPPOINTED LOVE.
5. A LADY’S IMAGINATION IS VERY RAPID; IT JUMPS FROM ADMIRATION TO LOVE, FROM LOVE TO MATRIMONY IN A MOMENT.
6. NOTHING IS MORE DECEITFUL THAN THE APPEARANCE OF HUMILITY. IT IS OFTEN ONLY CARELESSNESS OF OPINION, AND SOMETIMES AN INDIRECT BOAST.
7. 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?
8. OH! DO NOT ATTACK ME WITH YOUR WATCH. A WATCH IS ALWAYS TOO FAST OR TOO SLOW. I CANNOT BE DICTATED TO BY A WATCH.
9. IT SOMETIMES HAPPENS THAT A WOMAN IS HANDSOMER AT TWENTY-NINE THAN SHE WAS TEN YEARS BEFORE.
10. WE HAVE ALL A BETTER GUIDE IN OURSELVES, IF WE WOULD ATTEND TO IT, THAN ANY OTHER PERSON CAN BE.
11. HAPPINESS IN MARRIAGE IS ENTIRELY A MATTER OF CHANCE.
12. WHAT IS RIGHT TO BE DONE CANNOT BE DONE TOO SOON.
13. I DO NOT WANT PEOPLE TO BE VERY AGREEABLE, AS IT SAVES ME THE TROUBLE OF LIKING THEM A GREAT DEAL.
14. IF I LOVED YOU LESS, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT MORE.
15. IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED, THAT A SINGLE MAN IN POSSESSION OF A GOOD FORTUNE, MUST BE IN WANT OF A WIFE.
16. 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.
17. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE STAYING AT HOME FOR REAL COMFORT.
18. THERE IS NO CHARM EQUAL TO TENDERNESS OF HEART.
19. 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.
20. TO BE FOND OF DANCING WAS A CERTAIN STEP TOWARDS FALLING IN LOVE.
21. SELFISHNESS MUST ALWAYS BE FORGIVEN YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THERE IS NO HOPE OF A CURE.
22. THE MORE I KNOW OF THE WORLD, THE MORE I AM CONVINCED THAT I SHALL NEVER SEE A MAN WHOM I CAN REALLY LOVE.
23. LIFE SEEMS BUT A QUICK SUCCESSION OF BUSY NOTHINGS.
24. EVERY MAN IS SURROUNDED BY A NEIGHBORHOOD OF VOLUNTARY SPIES.
25. WOMAN IS FINE FOR HER OWN SATISFACTION ALONE. NO MAN WILL ADMIRE HER THE MORE, NO WOMAN WILL LIKE HER THE BETTER FOR IT. NEATNESS AND FASHION ARE ENOUGH FOR THE FORMER, AND A SOMETHING OF SHABBINESS OR IMPROPRIETY WILL BE MOST ENDEARING TO THE LATTER.