Quotes by Jane Austen

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
– Jane Austen
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
– Jane Austen
An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.
– Jane Austen
Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
– Jane Austen
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
– Jane Austen
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
– Jane Austen
From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
– Jane Austen
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
– 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.
– Jane Austen
I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
– Jane Austen
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
– Jane Austen
It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides.
– 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
Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
– Jane Austen
Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
– Jane Austen
Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
– Jane Austen
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
– 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
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
– Jane Austen
One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.
– Jane Austen