Sense and Sensibility
- He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed. (Volume 1, Chapter 1)
- People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them . . .
- He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing. He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open, affectionate heart.
- Her mind did become settled, but it was settled in a gloomy dejection. She felt the loss of Willoughby's character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart...
- Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing...
- Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses, no less than in theirs; and all the comfort that could be given by assurances of her own composure of mind, and a very earnest vindication of Edward from every charge but of imprudence, was readily offered.
- The pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
- Yet there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.
- They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future.
- His own enjoyment, or his own ease, was, in every particular, his ruling principle.
- I suppose you know, ma'am, that Mr. Ferrars is married.
- As it was impossible however now to prevent their coming, Lady Middleton resigned herself to the idea of it, with all the philosophy of a well bred woman, contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject five or six times every day. (Volume 1, Chapter 21)
- Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
- Volume 2, Chapter 14
- Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.
- Volume 1, Chapter 19
- I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.
- Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.
About Sense and Sensibility
- No indeed, I am never too busy to think of S & S. I can no more forget it, than a mother can forget her sucking child.
- Letter 70, Jane Austen's Letters to Her Sister Cassandra and Others, ed. R. W. Chapman, 2nd edn (London: Oxford University Press, 1952; repr. 1979), p. 272.
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