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Jane Austen

1775-1817. English novelist, author of "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice".

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An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

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But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are of pretty woman to deserve them.

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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

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Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.

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

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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.

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What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.

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In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

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You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.

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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.

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