Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

Jane Austen

I read my first JA when I was about  8 years old (borrowed / stolen  from one of my cousins) and I fell in love with Mr Darcy from Pride and  Prejudice right then and there. Yes, I did not think much of Lizzy – until much later when I re-read it for the nth time. Where was I? Darcy – I loved his first name Fitz – Fitzwilliam and he was epitome of the hero an 8 years old could possibly imagine. Thank you Jane for showing me guys of a different era and mainly for introducing me into the world of classics. And now that I could love and understand her writing, I could not resist taking my favorite quote from her books – Happy Birthday Jane 🙂

On Books:

Now that you could have already pegged me into being a book nerd, you should know JA shares my feelings as well

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

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Pride and Prejudice

Friendship:

This is her version of “You are my BFFs!” –  that is Best Friends Forever – for people who are actually from JA’s era

“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.”  – 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.’ ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.” – Persuasion

Romance:

Jane might have been the best selling chicklit (yea, woman literature ) author if she had been writing now –  just for these heart wrenching love proclamations

“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.”  – Pride and Prejudice

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.”  Persuasion“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.” – Persuasion

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

Men:

Aah – these are about “the hopeless men”

Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise. ”

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”  Sense and Sensibility

“Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.”

Her Sassy wit:

Jane you might easily have been the “Aunty Acid” of 80’s

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

“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”  –  Northanger Abbey

“I have not the pleasure of understanding you.” Pride and Prejudice

“I am excessively diverted. ” – Pride and Prejudice (roughly translated to “I am not hearing you, bud”

On general Life as such:

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”  Well said !

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

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” – Sense and Sensibility
What is your favorite literary quote? Share it in comments 🙂

23 COMMENTS

  1. I love Jane Austen’s novels. I have to say my favorite quote would be the opening lines of Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” It shows her wit right off the bat.

  2. Just wish her work was as successful during her lifetime as it became after her passing for her own enjoyment and satisfaction.

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