55+ Powerful Jane Austen Quotes on Life, Love, Reality & Friendship

Jane Austen Quotes

Jane Austen was an English novelist, well-known for her remarkable novels: Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Since her untimely death at the age of 41 in 1887, her incredible writing, which is renowned for its humor, realism, and irony, has been adored by readers all over the world. Austen’s characters have the same personalities, concerns, and dreams as people do today, despite the fact that these novels are set in a time period we no longer inhabit. The themes themselves remain incredibly relevant.

Jane Austen quotes show a side of her personality, including a fierceness that occasionally manifests in her main characters. She undoubtedly kept a distinct, almost obstinate perspective on the world around her and was convinced of a great number of things.

Her work is included on reading lists for schools all over the world, and she is ranked alongside other notable novelists and literary figures of the time. You can find a list of the best Jane Austen quotes and some of her most beloved books below. Also, enjoy the top-notch collection of other best quotes & summaries from renowned authors & self-help books. 

60 Powerful Jane Austen Quotes on Life, Love & Friendship

“Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.”

1. “Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

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

— Jane Austen, “Emma”
"Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.”

— Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”

“I have not the pleasure of understanding you.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudic”
"If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy."

“If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”

— Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”

“One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”
“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” - Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

— Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”
“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” - —: Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

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

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

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

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“Nobody minds having what is too good for them.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”
“A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.”

“A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

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

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

 “I will be calm; I will be mistress of myself.”

— Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”

“I will not torment myself any longer by remaining among friends whose society it is impossible for me now to enjoy.”

— Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”
"When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure." - —: Jane Austen, "Persuasion"

“When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”

“She learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”
“Those who do not complain are never pitied."

“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“I certain― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”ly have not the talent which some people possess, of conversing easily with those I have never seen before.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”
"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve." - ― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“I would rather be overturned by him, than driven safely by anybody else.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”

“But I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”
"When I have made up my mind, I have made it."

“When I have made up my mind, I have made it.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”

“My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“As moderate as those of the rest of the world, I believe. I wish as well as everybody else to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else it must be in my own way. Greatness will not make me so.”

— Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”
"When I have made up my mind, I have made it."

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

— Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”

“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.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

— Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”

“But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state.”

— Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility”

“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”
“A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”

“A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“Do anything rather than marry without affection.”

— Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

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

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

— Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”
“I am very strong. Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.”

“I am very strong. Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“Man has the advantage of choice, woman only the power of refusal.”

— Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey”
"Every moment had its pleasure and its hope."

“Every moment had its pleasure and its hope.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”

— Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.”

— Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”

“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!”

— Jane Austen, “Persuasion”

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

— Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”
“If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.”

“If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“Angry people are not always wise.”

― Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“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.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“I pay very little regard to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.”

― Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”
"Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does." - — Jane Austen, "Emma"

“Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

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

— Jane Austen, “Jane Austen’s Letters 24 December 1798”

“I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart."

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

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

— Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

“Without music, life would be a blank to me.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

“Jane Austen, “Emma”Marriage is indeed a maneuvering business.”

― Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”
“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.” - — Jane Austen, "Emma"

“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.”

— Jane Austen, “Emma”

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