Celebrating the anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth with our favourite quotes

To celebrate the birth of Jane Austen on this day (December 16) in 1775, here are some of our favourite quotes from her novels.

  1. “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” Mansfield Park
  1. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Northanger Abbey
  1. “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” Pride and Prejudice
  1. “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” Pride and Prejudice
  1. “Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.” Emma
  1. “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” Mansfield Park
  1. “One cannot have too large a party.” Emma
  1. “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” Mansfield Park
  1. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” Pride and Prejudice
  1. “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.” Mansfield Park



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