Monday, January 28, 2013

Two Hundred Years of Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice is two hundred years old!  I adore this book (and there are a couple posts about it from the Rubies here and here) and I thought the best way to celebrate Jane is with Jane.  Here are a sample of some of my favorite Austen quotes.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

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

"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."

"Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast."

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."

"Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies."

"Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then."

"We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."

"I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety."

"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."

"Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken."

"To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive."

"We do not look in our great cities for our best morality."

"One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best."

"Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain."

"What is right to be done cannot be done too soon."

And this one, to live by: "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."

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