18 Jane Austen Quotes with Pride (and maybe prejudice?)

(Last Updated On: January 11, 2021)

If you’re removed from that time you went through any formal schooling, the name “Jane Austen” might be a name super far in your mental rearview mirror. That, or you saw Pride and Prejudice in 2005 and just kind of moved on knowing the book came out in the early 1800s. Anyway a lot of Jane Austen’s reputation was largely gained in the 1830s, after she had passed away in 1818. Mostly because her work was republished then. Austen was born in 1775 and grew up bouncing between a couple educational institutions before she ended up only living in the vicinity of her immediate family from 1786 onwards. From that point on finished her education with access to lots of books. A lot of Austen’s writing was concerned with the then norms around marriage, which you probably knew if you were ever told to read anything by Jane Austen. So here’s some Jane Austen quotes. 

On Education

“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. ”

“Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.”

“Give him a book, and he will read all day long.”

On Others

“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”

“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them forever.”

“The distance is nothing when one has motive.”

“My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”

On Marriage

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”

“Do anything rather than marry without affection.”

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone.”

“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.”

On the Self

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”

“Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.”

On Literature

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Might be helpful to know Jane Austen’s novels. Especially if you were like John Mulaney, and told to read Jane Austen. And then you didn’t.

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