The wisdom and wit of Jane Austen, in a few words.

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

--Pride and Prejudice

  There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.


  A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

--Mansfield Park

  I have changed my mind, and changed the trimmings of my cap this morning; they are now such as you suggested.

-- Letter to Cassandra

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

--Pride and Prejudice

  How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!


  Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

--Northanger Abbey

  I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

--Personal Correspondence

Sketch of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra.

Finished works by Jane:

Northanger Abbey

Sense and Sensibility


Pride and Prejudice

Mansfield Park


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