Monday, July 17, 2017

200 Years of Jane Austen

I have absolutely no idea why I am writing this post — or more specifically, how. I have various things to get done tonight, a moderately full schedule the next three days, and I am going on a holiday from early Friday morning (I mean very early) until the end of July. But I suppose how is answered by the why.
The why is Jane Austen. And I make time for Jane Austen.

Jane Austen is my angel.*

Tomorrow is the two hundred year anniversary of her death. If you've read more than a couple posts on this blog you will no doubt be aware of the fact than I am a devotee of Miss Austen. So in remembrance of this dear lady I am posting some of my favorite quotes. Also, I encourage you to read this page on the Jane Austen Society of North America's website, filled with tributes to Jane.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. (Emma) Note: Jane Austen is so much in my blood that I say this quote often to myself but only recently realized she wrote it!

The one all of my family will recognize: Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as quickly as I can... (Mansfield Park)


Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others. (Sense and Sensibility)


The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerable stupid. (Northanger Abbey)

[She was] sore-footed and fatigued, restless and agitated, yet feeling, in spite of everything, that a ball was indeed delightful. (Mansfield Park)


A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. (Pride and Prejudice)

Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! Worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again and I will leave the room this moment. (Sense and Sensibility)


I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! (Pride and Prejudice)


The best description of certain parties: Too numerous for intimacy, too small for variety. (Persuasion)

“Very true,” said Henry, “and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk, and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything. Originally perhaps it was applied only to express neatness, propriety, delicacy, or refinement — people were nice in their dress, in their sentiments, or their choice. But now every commendation on every subject is comprised in that one word.” (Northanger Abbey)


A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself. (Mansfield Park)


And of course: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. (Pride and Prejudice)

She will never be forgotten. 

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*If you didn't get the joke, you obviously need to watch Bleak House. Not Jane Austen (Dickens) but still amazing. Review coming soon!


  1. Oh Austen, how lovely she is.
    Are there different versions of Pride and Prejudice? Because I have heard people say "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of fortune must be in want of a wife. "
    But I have always believed it to be "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"

    Perhaps that is what happens when a book ends up in the public domain.

    When I first saw the S&S quotes, my first thought was "that's from our play". :)

  2. I have actually never read Jane Austen, but I probably will one day. :-) My mom LOVES her though; so I've seen Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and part of Pride and Prejudice with her. I liked Emma best. XD


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