To celebrate Austen August, I thought I would create a list of some of my favourite witty one-liners and quotes from Austen herself.
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” – Northanger Abbey
“Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.” — Mansfield Park
“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion” – Pride and Prejudice
“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience – or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.” — Sense and Sensibility
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” — Persuasion
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” – Letters
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Pride and Prejudice
And the list goes on and on…
What are some of your favourite Jane Austen quotes? I love her wittiness and her honesty in her writing.