50 Witty Jane Austen Quotes About Life

50 Witty Jane Austen Quotes About Life

Jane Austen, ‘Persuasion’: Irony and the Mysterious Vagaries of Narrative“, by Gresham College, is licensed under CC0 1.0

Jane Austen was an English Novelist/Georgia-era author who was known for her six major novels which are, Sense of Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and the two novels that were published posthumously, the Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. She was a novelist best known for her works that interpret, critic and comment upon the British landed gentry in the 18th century. Her novels define as the era novel of manners, but also a timeless classic novel.

We hope that you enjoy the following 50 Jane Austen Quotes to give you some useful life lessons.

Jane Austen Quotes

“Everything nourishes what is strong already.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

“From politics it was an easy step to silence.”

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey (1818)

“The sooner every party breaks up, the better.”


“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”

JANE AUSTEN, Persuasion (1818)
“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

“One day in the country is exactly like another.”

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey (1818)

“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey (1818)

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

“We do not look in great cities for our best morality.”

JANE AUSTEN, Mansfield Park (1814)
“Well! Evil to some is always good to others.”

“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!”

JANE AUSTEN, Persuasion (1818)

“It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble…”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (1833 edition)

“I am rather impatient to know the fate of my best gown.”

JANE AUSTEN, Letter to Cassandra (1799-05-17)

“With them, to wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.”

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility (1811)
“A vast deal may be done by those who dare to act.”

“Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (1815)

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (1816)

“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (1813) ch. 58

“Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (ed. 1853)
“Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.”

“I do suspect that he is not really necessary to my happiness.”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (ed. 1833)

“Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (1815)

“She felt depressed beyond any thing she had ever known before.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (ed. 1853)

Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly.

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (ed. 1833)
“Those who have not more must be satisfied with what they have.”

“Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and prejudice: a novel (ed. 1836)

“I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem from love”

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility: a Novel (ed. Richard Bentley, 1833)

“One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice: A Novel (ed. 1852)

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (ed. 1853)
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

“You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge-cake is to me.”

JANE AUSTEN, Letter to Cassandra (1808-06-15)

“It is not every man’s fate to marry the woman who loves him best.”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (ed. 1833)

“His feelings are warm, but I can imagine them rather changeable.”

JANE AUSTEN, Emma (ed. 1833)

“We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.”

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger abbey [followed by] Persuasion (ed. 1833)
“But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach.”

“She denied none of it aloud, and agreed to none of it in private.”

JANE AUSTEN, Illustrated Cabinet Edition [of the Works Of] Jane Austen (ed. 1906)

“The enthusiasm of a woman’s love is even beyond the biographer’s.”

JANE AUSTEN, Mansfield Park (1814)

“A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”

JANE AUSTEN, The Novels of Jane Austen: Pride and prejudice (ed. 1959)

“Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and prejudice: a sentimental comedy in three acts (ed. 1936)
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

“I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility:: A Novel. In Three Volumes (ed. 1811)

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

“The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.”

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey (ed. 1833)

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”

JANE AUSTEN, Jane Austen’s Letters (2011 edition), Oxford University Press – ISBN: 9780199576074
Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.”

“I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like.”

JANE AUSTEN, J. E. Austen-Leigh A Memoir of Jane Austen (1926 ed.)

“People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them.”

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility (1811)

“Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions.”

JANE AUSTEN, The Novels and Letters of Jane Austen (ed. 1906)

“One half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half…”

JANE AUSTEN, Northanger abbey, and Persuasion (ed. 1853)
“When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”

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