I know I shall probably never see him again, but I cannot bear to think that he is alive in the world and thinking ill of me.
Anne could do no more; but her heart prophesied some mischance to damp the perfection of her felicity.
I do not have the talent of conversing easily with people I have never met before.
He is just what a young man ought to be," said she, "sensible, good-humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!—so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!
At Christmas every body invites their friends and thinks little of even the worst weather.
You are very fond of bending little minds; but where little minds belong to rich people in authority, I think they have a knack of swelling out, till they are quite as unmanageable as great ones.
Do you not want to know who has taken it? cried his wife impatiently. You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.
I do not understand you. Then we are on very unequal terms, for I understand you perfectly well. Me? Yes; I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. Bravo! An excellent satire on modern language.
I perfectly agree with you, sir,' was then his remark. 'You did behave very shamefully. You never wrote a truer line.
You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends.
There is nothing like employment, active, indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow. Employment, even melancholy, may dispel melancholy, and her occupations were hopeful.
She had spoken it; but she trembled when it was done, conscious that her words were listened to, and daring not even to try to observe their effect.
If we have not hearts, we have eyes; and they give us torment enough.
How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! - Caroline Bingley.
I use the verb 'to torment,' as I observed to be your own method, instead of 'to instruct,' supposing them to be now admitted as synonymous.
Really, Mr. Collins,' cried Elizabeth with some warmth, 'you puzzle me exceedingly. If what I have hitherto said can appear to you in the form of encouragement, I know not how to express my refusal in such a way as to convince you of its being one.
Well, well," said he, "do not make yourself unhappy. If you are a good girl for the next ten years, I will take you to a review at the end of them.
It was rather because she felt less happy than she had expected. She laughed because she was disappointed...
Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again.
Mr. Knightley to be no longer coming there for his evening comfort! - No longer walking in at all hours, as if ever willing to change his own home for their's! - How was it to be endured?
I am amazingly absent; I believe I am the most absent creature in the world.
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.
A persuadable temper might sometimes be as much in favor of happiness, as a very resolute character.
I am very strong. Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.
Elizabeth told her the motives of her secrecy. She had been unwilling to mention Bingley; and the unsettled state of her own feelings had made her equally avoid the name of his friend. But now she would no longer conceal from her his share in Lydia's marriage. All was acknowledged, and half the night spent in conversation.
Fine dancing, I believe, like virtue, must be its own reward.
You are very right in supposing how my money would be spent – some of it, at least – my loose cash would certainly be employed in improving my collection of music and books.
If my opinions are wrong, I must correct them—if they are above my station, I must endeavour to conceal them.
Oh, yes I am not ashamed of it. I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly; I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.
One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight.
This sweetest and best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults.
They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future.
My good qualities are under your protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible; and, in return, it belongs to me to find occasion for teasing and quarreling with you as often as may be...
That will just do for me, you know. I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth, shan't I?
She was deep in the happiness of such misery, or the misery of such happiness, instantly.
It is not every one," said Elinor, "who has your passion for dead leaves.
There seems a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labor of the novelist, and of slighting performances which have only genius, wit and taste to recommend them.
It makes me very nervous and poorly,to be thwarted so in my own family, and to have neighbours who think of themselves before anybody else. However, your coming just at this time is the greatest of comforts, and I am very glad to hear what you tell us, of long sleeves.
Keep your breath to cool your porridge'; and I shall keep mine to swell my song.
She has nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild.
Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her better for it.
A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.
Of such, one may almost say, that 'the world is not their's, nor the world's law.