The only time I ever really suffered in body or mind, the only time that I ever fancied myself unwell, or had any ideas of danger, was the winter that I passed by myself at Deal, when the Admiral (Captain Croft then) was in the North Seas.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Every thing nourishes what is strong already.

I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to "'Yes,'" she ought to say "'No'" directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart.

Such extreme and perpetual cautiousness of word and manner, such a dread of giving a distinct idea about any body, is apt to suggest suspicions of there being something to conceal.

You must not suspect me. It mortifies me. I assure you that I have now learnt to enjoy his conversation as an agreeable and sensible young man, without having a wish beyond it. I am perfectly satisfied, from what his manners now are, that he never had any design of engaging my affection.

Elinor, I have been cruelly used; but not by Willoughby.

And everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters.

There is no other enjoyment like reading.

I wish with all my soul his wife may plague his heart out.

Mary, who having, in consequence of being the only plain one in the family, worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments, was always impatient for display.

With this answer Elizabeth was forced to be contented; but her own opinion remained the same. It was not in her nature, however, to increase her vexations by dwelling on them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was no part of her disposition.

Alas! with all her reasoning, she found, that to retentive feelings eight years may be little more than nothing.

Sense will always have attractions for me.

He may live in my memory as the most amiable man of my acquaintance..

Women fancy admiration means more than it does.