150 Jane Austen Quotes

We’ve rounded up the best Jane Austen quotes as a tribute to one of the most famous writers of all time. Famed for her works such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion, she’s regarded as one of the few classical authors who are widely read around the world.

Jane Austen completed six novels in her lifetime, with four of them published before she died. Now, more than 200 years after her death, her wisdom and insight passed on through her novels remain as her legacy that continues to influence both girls and boys around the world.

Get to know Jane Austen through the collection below.

Best Jane Austen Quotes

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1. “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.”

2. “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

3. “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.”

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

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5. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

6. “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

7. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

8. “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

9. “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It was too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

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10. “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well.”

11. “I declare, after all, there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book? When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

12. “Angry people are not always wise.”

13. “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.”

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

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15. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope—I have loved none but you.”

16. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

17. “The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”

18. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

19. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

Jane Austen Quotes on Comfort and Security

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

21. “I have not the pleasure of understanding you.”

22. “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.”

23. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

24. “Till this moment I never knew myself.”

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25. “He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far, we are equal.”

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

27. “Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.”

28. “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

29. “There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”

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30. “Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?”

31. “Without music, life would be a blank to me.”

32. “Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.”

33. “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me. I own it and I laugh at them whenever I can.”

34. “To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.”

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35. “They walked on without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects.”

36. “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

37. “Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise.”

38. “We do not suffer by accident.”

39. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”

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40. “Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”

41. “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.”

42. “What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering?”

43. “She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance—a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant.”

44. “But indeed, I would rather have nothing but tea.”

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45. “Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.”

46. “I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not, in every point, coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.”

47. “There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.”

48. “Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.”

49. “I have no talent for certainty.”

Jane Austen Quotes on Happiness and Love

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

51. “The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.”

52. “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

53. “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

54. “My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.”

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55. “I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.”

56. “I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”

57. “When I fall in love, it will be forever.”

58. “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”

59. “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.”

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60. “We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.”

61. “If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”

62. “Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.”

63. “There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.”

64. “Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”

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65. “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

66. “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”

67. “I come here with no expectations, only to profess now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.”

68. “Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”

69. “A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”

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70. “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”

71. “I am determined that only the deepest love will induce me into matrimony. So, I shall end an old maid, and teach your ten children to embroider cushions and play their instruments very ill.”

72. “Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing. But I have never been in love. It is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

73. “Do not be in a hurry, the right man will come at last.”

74. “She was one of those, who, having once begun, would always be in love.”

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75. “Beware how you give your heart.”

76. “There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.”

77. “We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.”

78. “Nobody minds having what is too good for them.”

79. “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste it’s fragrance on the desert air.”

Jane Austen Quotes on Values and Character

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

81. “Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”

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

83. “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once.”

84. “I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”

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85. “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of.”

86. “Seldom—very seldom—does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”

87. “What strange creatures brothers are!”

88. “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

89. “As a child, I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit.”

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90. “Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!”

91. “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

92. “She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.”

93. “Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.”

94. “I will be calm. I will be the mistress of myself.”

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95. “I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.”

96. “I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy that I often seem negligent when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.”

97. “Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.”

98. “We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

99. “Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”

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100. “One word from you shall silence me forever.”

101. “She had been forced into prudence in her youth. She learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”

102. “Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise.”

103. “A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”

104. “Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride—where there is a real superiority of mind—pride will always be under good regulation.”

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105. “Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.”

106. “Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?”

107. “There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better—we find comfort somewhere.”

108. “It’s such happiness when good people get together.”

109. “To love is to burn, to be on fire.”

Jane Austen Quotes on Life, Inspiration, and Wisdom

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110. “You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”

111. “It is only a novel or in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.”

112. “My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”

113. “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”

114. “The distance is nothing when one has a motive.”

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115. “I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon a woman’s inconstancy. Songs and proverbs all talk of women’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.”

116. “Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs to a much higher degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”

117. “A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”

118. “How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.”

119. “Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.”

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120. “One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”

121. “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”

122. “She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time, but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.”

123. “Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.”

124. “I was quiet, but I was not blind.”

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125. “Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.”

126. “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”

127. “Do not give way to a useless alarm. Though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.”

128. “A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”

129. “Oh! I am delighted with the book! I would like to spend my whole life reading it.”

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130. “From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it for some time, but I am now convinced.”

131. “Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions.”

132. “To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.”

133. “If I could not be persuaded into doing what I thought wrong, I will never be tricked into it.”

134. “Let us have the luxury of silence.”

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135. “It is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible.”

136. “Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.”

137. “His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything.”

138. “Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”

139. “I do not find it easy to talk to people I don’t know.”

Jane Austen Quotes on Death and Suffering

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140. “Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.”

141. “One does not love a place the least for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering—nothing but suffering.”

142. “Her husband had been extravagant; and at his death, about two years before, had left his affairs dreadfully involved.”

143. “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”

144. “They had previously known embarrassment enough to try the friendship of their friends, and to prove that Mr. Elliot’s had better not be tried; but it was not till his death that the wretched state of his affairs was fully known.”

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145. “When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”

146. “He had even refused one regular invitation to dinner; and having been found on the occasion by Mr. Musgrove with some large books before him, Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove were sure all could not be right, and talked, with grave faces, of his studying himself to death.”

147. “She had gone to her letters, and found it all as she supposed; and the re-perusal of these letters, after so long an interval, her poor son gone forever, and all the strength of his faults forgotten, had affected her spirits exceedingly, and thrown her into greater grief for him than she had known on first hearing of his death.”

148. “He could not forgive her, but he could not be unfeeling. Though condemning her for the past, and considering it with high and unjust resentment, though perfectly careless of her, and though becoming attached to another, still he could not see her suffer, without the desire of giving her relief. It was a reminder of former sentiment; it was an impulse of pure, though unacknowledged friendship; it was a proof of his own warm and amiable heart.”

149. “Thirteen years had passed away since Lady Elliot’s death, and they were still near neighbours and intimate friends, and one remained a widower, the other a widow.”

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150. “It would be most right and most wise; and therefore, must involve least suffering.”

Did These Jane Austen Quotes Push You to Cultivate and Nurture Your Character?

Jane Austen was famous for accurately depicting life and society in 18th century England. And in her works, she thoroughly described and dissected her characters’ behavior and personality. One thing a lot of people note about her works is that her characters were highly relatable and similar to real life people. She delved deep into human nature and the human psyche, and she proved that even though times have changed, humanity hasn’t. We’re all still imperfect people—with flaws and weaknesses. However, with these shortcomings also come innate goodness which will help us learn and grow and become better people.

Are you inspired to be better people after reading through this list? What are your favorite Jane Austen quotes? Comment them down below.

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