Archive for the ‘Jane Austen’ Category

We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing

Friday, December 16th, 2011

“How hard it is in some cases to be believed! And how impossible in others!”

“But why should you wish to persuade me that I feel more than I acknowledge?”

“That is a question which I hardly…”

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Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
happy couple

If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of…

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One cannot always be laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty

Friday, January 15th, 2010
pride and prejudice zombie book

“There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.”

“I never thought Mr. Darcy so deficient in the appearance…”

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Everything nourishes what is strong already

Friday, June 5th, 2009
budding branch

“…I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”

“I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.

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One cannot have too large a party.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
wine glasses

“Such schemes as these are nothing without numbers. One cannot have too large a party. A large party secures its own amusement. And she is a good-natured woman after all. One could not leave her out.”

Emma denied none of it aloud, and agreed to none of it in private….

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Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

“His pride,” said Miss Lucas, “does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favor, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.”

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