It darted through her, with the speed of an arrow, that Mr. Knightley must marry no one but herself!

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Henry felt himself bound as much in honour as in affection to Miss Morland, and believing that heart to be his own which he had been directed to gain, no unworthy retraction of a tacit consent, no reversing feared of unjustifiable anger, could shake his fidelity, or influence the resolutions it prompted.

There is nothing like employment, active indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow.

An abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country-town indifference to decorum.

There was that constant communication which strong family affection would dictate; and though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.

Acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

I thank you for my share of the favour," said Elizabeth; "but I do not particularly like your way of getting husbands.

A woman of seven and twenty, said Marianne, after pausing a moment, can never hope to feel or inspire affection again.

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.

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.

She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.

Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia, we may draw from it this useful lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.

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

All the privilege I claim for my own sex, is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.

She has many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them.