110 Pride and Prejudice Quotes on Love and Marriage

Fall in love and laugh at the cleverness of these Pride and Prejudice quotes.

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous Jane Austen novels ever published. It focused on the theme of marrying for love instead of economic reasons.

The plot follows the meeting of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Their opposing characters will take you for a ride. Enjoy this hilarious drama on marriage and love by reading the list below.

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And don’t forget to check out these Jane Eyre quotes.

Best Pride and Prejudice Quotes

1. “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.” – Mary Bennet

2. “I do not have the talent of conversing easily with people I have never met before.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

3. “Your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realise you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.” – Elizabeth Bennet

4. “A lady’s imagination is very rapid. It jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

5. “A person who can write a long letter with ease cannot write ill.” – Caroline Bingley

6. “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. 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.” – Elizabeth Bennet 

7. “I could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine.” – Elizabeth Bennet 

8. “But people themselves alter so much that there is something new to be observed in them forever.” – Mr Charles Bingley

9. “I have not the pleasure of understanding you.” – Mr Bennet 

10. “Do anything rather than marry without affection.” – Jane Bennet 

11. “There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely, a slight preference is natural enough, but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement.” – Charlotte Lucas

12. “We are all fools in love.” – Charlotte Lucas

13. “Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes, an indirect boast.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy 

14. “Till this moment, I never knew myself.” – Elizabeth Bennet 

15. “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.” – Elizabeth Bennet

Famous Pride and Prejudice Quotes

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

17. “No. No, I prefer to be unsociable and taciturn. Makes it all so much more enjoyable, don’t you think?” – Elizabeth Bennet 

18. “Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are young men to rocks and mountains?” – Elizabeth Bennet

19. “Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?” – Elizabeth Bennet

20. “What a superbly featured room and what excellent boiled potatoes! Many years since I’ve had such an exemplary vegetable.” – Mr William Collins

21. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” – Mr Bennet

22. “An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day, you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” – Mr Bennet

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

24. “You could not make me happy, and I’m convinced I’m the last person in this world who could make you happy.” – Elizabeth Bennet

25. “There is, I believe, in every disposition, a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect which not even the best education can overcome.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

Romantic Pride and Prejudice Quotes

26. “You have bewitched me body and soul. And I love. I love. I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

27. “I love you. Most ardently.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

28. “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.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

29. “Can you die of happiness?” – Jane Bennet

30. “You showed me how insufficient were all my pretencions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

31. “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.” – Elizabeth Bennet

32. “I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love. Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

33. “I am going to Gretna Green, and if you cannot guess with who, I shall think you a simpleton for there is but one man in the world I love, and he is an angel. I should never be happy without him, so think it no harm to be off.” – Lydia Bennet

34. “Yes. A thousand times, yes!” – Jane Bennet

35. “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice Quotes on Marriage

36. “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” – Charlotte Lucas

37. “Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of, and it gives her a sort of distinction among her companions.” – Mr Bennet

38. “Not all of us can afford to be romantic.” – Charlotte Lucas

39. “You are mistaken, Mr Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way than as it spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” – Elizabeth Bennet

40. “From the very beginning—from the first moment, I may almost say—of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of the disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike, and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world on whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.” – Elizabeth Bennet

Clever Pride and Prejudice Quotes That Will Make You Laugh

41. “Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.” – Mrs Bennet

42. “I declare, after all, there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tyres 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.” – Caroline Bingley

43. “Mr Bingley is nothing to us. I am sure I never want to see him again. Is it sure that he is coming?” – Mrs Bennet

44. “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 the result of previous study?” – Mr Bennet

45. “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.” – Elizabeth Bennet

46. Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy: “So, what do you recommend to encourage affection?”

Elizabeth Bennet: “Dancing. Even if one’s partner is barely tolerable.”

47. “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 some time, but I am now convinced.” – Mr Bennet

48. “I should infinitely prefer a book.” – Mary Bennet

49. “A Mrs Bennet, a Miss Bennet, a Miss Bennet, and a Miss Bennet, sir.” – Netherfield Butler

50. “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.” – Elizabeth Bennet

51. “First, I must tell you I’ve been the most unmitigated and comprehensive arse.” – Mr Charles Bingley

52. “When you have five daughters, Lizzie, tell me what else will occupy your thoughts.” – Mrs Bennet

53. “I am determined that only the deepest love will induce me into matrimony. So, I shall end an old maid and teach your 10 children to embroider cushions and play their instruments very ill.” – Elizabeth Bennet

54. “My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.” – Mrs Bennet

55. “I cannot believe that anyone can deserve you, but it appears I am overruled. So, I heartily give my consent.” – Mr Bennet

Unforgettable Pride and Prejudice Quotes That Are Full of Meaning

56. “The distance is nothing when one has motive.” – Elizabeth Bennet 

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

58. “Every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason, and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.” – Mary Bennet

59. “Do not give way to useless alarm, though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.” – Mr Edward Gardiner

60. “Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to play you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.” – Elizabeth Bennet

61. “You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me that selfishness is prudence and insensibility of danger security for happiness.” – Elizabeth Bennet

62. “One may be continually abusive without saying anything just, but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” – Elizabeth Bennet 

63. “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

64. “Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride, where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

65. “But if a woman is partial to a man and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.” – Elizabeth Bennet

Iconic Pride and Prejudice Quotes

66. “Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere, but to be candid without ostentation or design, to take the good of everybody’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.” – Elizabeth Bennet

67. “Have you any other objection than your belief of my indifference?” – Elizabeth Bennet

68. “She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

69. “I think you are in very great danger of making him as much in love with you as ever.” – Elizabeth Bennet

70. “He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far, we are equal.” – Elizabeth Bennet

71. “I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl, and I wish, with all my heart, she were well settled. But with such a father and mother, and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it.” – Louisa Hurst

72. “It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.” – Jane Bennet

73. “I am quite delighted with him. He is so excessively handsome! And his sisters are charming women. I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their dresses.” – Mrs Bennet

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

75. “If they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside, it would not make them one jot less agreeable.” – Mr Charles Bingley

76. “There is nothing so bad as parting with one’s friends. One seems too forlorn without them.” – Mrs Bennet

77. “In 9 cases out of 10, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.” – Charlotte Lucas

78. “It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion to be secure of judging properly at first.” – Elizabeth Bennet

79. “He wrote some verses on her, and very pretty they were, and so ended his affection. There has been many a one, I fancy, overcome in the same way. I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!” – Elizabeth Bennet

80. “I think I have heard you say that their uncle is an attorney in Meryton.” – Caroline Bingley

Pride and Prejudice Quotes That Will Stick With Us Forever

81. “I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding—certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

82. “He is also handsome, which a young man ought likewise to be if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete.” – Elizabeth Bennet

83. “You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused and interested you because I was so unlike them.” – Elizabeth Bennet

84. “Pride is a very common failing. I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary.” – Mary Bennet

85. “The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

86. “Mr Darcy sends you all the love in the world that he can spare from me.” – Elizabeth Bennet

87. “I am astonished, my dear, that you should be so ready to think your own children silly. If I wished to think slightingly of anybody’s children, it should not be of my own, however.” – Mrs Bennet

88. Elizabeth Bennet: “Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.” 

Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy: “And yours is wilfully to misunderstand them.”

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

90. “I have been a selfish being all my life, in practise, though not in principle. 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. Unfortunately an only son, I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves, my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable, allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing.” – Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

91. “A little sea-bathing would set me up forever.” – Kitty Bennet

92. “I never could be so happy as you. ‘Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness.” – Elizabeth Bennet

93. “Do you think that any consideration would tempt me to accept the man who has been the means of ruining, perhaps forever, the happiness of a most beloved sister?” – Elizabeth Bennet

94. “How despicably I have acted, I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! Who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this discovery!” – Elizabeth Bennet

95. “If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.” – Colonel Fitzwilliam

More Pride and Prejudice Quotes From Jane Austen

96. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen, Author 

97. “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” – Jane Austen, Author 

98. “Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen, Author

99. “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” – Jane Austen, Author

100. “She was convinced that she could have been happy with him when it was no longer likely they should meet.” – Jane Austen, Author

101. “Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.” – Jane Austen, Author

102. “Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush.” – Jane Austen, Author

103. “How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.” – Jane Austen, Author

104. “Do not be in a hurry. The right man will come at last.” – Jane Austen, Author

105. “She had a lively, playful disposition that delighted in anything ridiculous.” – Jane Austen, Author

106. “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.” – Jane Austen, Author

107. “Pemberley Woods with some perturbation.” – Jane Austen, Author

108. “However, little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families that he is considered as the rightful property of someone or other of their daughters.” – Jane Austen, Author

109. “She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was a union that must have been to the advantage of both—by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved, and from his judgement, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance.” – Jane Austen, Author

110. “She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man.” – Jane Austen, Author

Did These Quotes Inspire You to Be More Understanding Toward Others?

Sometimes, we judge people immediately without knowing them. We fail to see the good in people because of a lack of compassion and understanding.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have changed a lot since meeting each other. They both realized the results of their thoughts and actions that pushed them to grow. As a result, their love and compassion for each other also bloomed in the novel. 

Jane Austen wrote a masterpiece that is loved until today. Pride and Prejudice is the total package of entertainment and lessons about life and love.

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