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Jane Austen’s Wittiest Quotes about Love and Life

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Jane Austen may have lived over 200 years ago, but the honesty and brilliance of her writing ensure her books have held up with time. She is one of the world’s most adored writers and the reason is not just because of the quality of her storytelling but also the wit of her writing.

Here are some of our favourite wittiest Jane Austen quotes on love and life:

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 “With such a husband her misery was considered certain”. 

 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

“I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead, but I’m afraid that they are not alive”.

Jane Austen, Letter to Cassandra, 31 May 1811

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

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

 

“There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them”.

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

 

Captain Harville: “I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which did not have something to say on women’s fickleness”.

Anne Elliot: ” But they were all written by men”.

Jane Austen, Persuasion

 

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

Jane Austen, Letter to Cassandra, 24 December 1798.

 

Mr Bennet to Elizabeth: “Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins and I will never see you again if you do.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

 

“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know because there is no hope of a cure”. 

 Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

 

“To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment”. 

Jane Austen, Persuasion

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