Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist

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In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes. - Jane Austen
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. - Jane Austen
The less said the better. - Jane Austen
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. - Jane Austen
You have delighted us long enough. - Jane Austen
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation. (Emma) - Jane Austen
It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides. - Jane Austen
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. - Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. (Pride and Prejudice) - Jane Austen
I pay very little regard, to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. - Jane Austen