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Do you talk by rule, then, while you are dancing?"

Sometimes. One must speak a little, you know. It would look odd to be entirely silent for half an hour together, and yet for the advantage of some, conversation ought to be so arranged as that they may have the trouble of saying as little as possible.


Jane Austen

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Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love ; it is...
JANE AUSTEN
Let us have the luxury of silence.
JANE AUSTEN
Good-humoured, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are...
JANE AUSTEN
She was feeling, thinking, trembling about everything; agitated, happy, miserable, infinitely oblige...
JANE AUSTEN
Everybody likes to go their own way–to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
JANE AUSTEN
J'apprécie que les cousins se comportent en cousins & se préoccupent les uns des autres. Car, ...
JANE AUSTEN
...and yet, though desirous to be gone, she could not quit the mansion-house, or look an adieu to th...
JANE AUSTEN
An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your...
JANE AUSTEN
Whom are you going to dance with?' asked Mr. Knightley.
She hesitated a moment and then replied...
JANE AUSTEN
I have the highest respect for your nerves, they are my old friends.
JANE AUSTEN
The more I see of the world, the more am i dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of ...
JANE AUSTEN
Run mad as often as you choose but do not faint
JANE AUSTEN
How clever you are, to know something of which you are ignorant.
JANE AUSTEN
The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculou...
JANE AUSTEN
That is what I like; that is what a young man ought to be. Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness i...
JANE AUSTEN
On his two younger sisters he then bestowed an equal portion of his fraternal tenderness, for he ask...
JANE AUSTEN
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious f...
JANE AUSTEN
Lady Middleton resigned herself... Contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprim...
JANE AUSTEN
From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
JANE AUSTEN
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a mo...
JANE AUSTEN
In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided among the sexe...
JANE AUSTEN
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but...
JANE AUSTEN
Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
JANE AUSTEN
Everything nourishes what is strong already.
JANE AUSTEN
I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept ...
JANE AUSTEN
And now, Henry," said Miss Tilney, "that you have made us understand each other, you may as well mak...
JANE AUSTEN
In addition to what has been already said of Catherine Morland's personal and mental endowments, whe...
JANE AUSTEN
Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.
JANE AUSTEN
What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter.
JANE AUSTEN
She is probably by this time as tired of me, as I am of her; but as she is too Polite and I am too c...
JANE AUSTEN
She had been a friend and companion such as few possessed: intelligent, well-informed, useful, gentl...
JANE AUSTEN
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way
JANE AUSTEN
Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lis...
JANE AUSTEN
It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering.
JANE AUSTEN
And from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not...
JANE AUSTEN
Anne hoped she had outlived the age of blushing; but the age of emotion she certainly had not.
JANE AUSTEN
We certainly do not forget you, so soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our m...
JANE AUSTEN
I am no novel-reader -- I seldom look into novels -- Do not imagine that I often read novels -- It i...
JANE AUSTEN
She was stronger alone…
JANE AUSTEN
Oh! what a silly Thing is Woman! How vain, how unreasonable!
JANE AUSTEN
I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony. [Elizabeth]
JANE AUSTEN
Every thing was to take its natural course, however, neither impelled nor assisted.
JANE AUSTEN
A woman of seven and twenty, said Marianne, after pausing a moment, can never hope to feel or inspir...
JANE AUSTEN
Marianne was silent; it was impossible for her to say what she did not feel, however trivial the occ...
JANE AUSTEN