A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being.To be so bent on marriage—to pursue a man merely for the sake of situation—is a sort of thing that shocks me; I cannot understand it. Poverty is a great evil, but to a woman of education and feeling it ought not, it cannot be the greatest. I would rather be a teacher at a school (and I can think of nothing worse) than marry a man I did not like. (~Emma in The Watsons)It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
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 they the result of previous study?
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. Some of her best well known (and my favourite) classics are Pride & Prejudice, and Sense & Sensibility. Enjoy some witty quotes!