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|Quotations by Jane Austen|
|One does not love a place less - One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.|
History, real solemn history - History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all, it is very tiresome; and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.
I do not want people to be very agreeable - I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
Stumbling on something witty - One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
Abolishing religious houses - Nothing can be said in his vindication, but that his abolishing Religious Houses and leaving them to the ruinous depredations of time has been of infinite use to the landscape of England in general.
Ideas of novels and heroines - He and I should not in the least agree of course, in our ideas of novels and heroines; -- pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.
Aquainted with one another - Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
Honest and rich - Be honest and poor, by all means -- but I shall not envy you; I do not much think I shall even respect you. I have a much greater respect for those that are honest and rich.
It is only a novel - "Oh! It is only a novel!..." in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.
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