|Pride and Prejudice Quotes|
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.
Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.
I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.
But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
"Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of humility.
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority—of its being a degradation—of the family obstacles which judgement had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit.
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.
In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike, she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection, and though her intentions did not vary for an instant, she was at first sorry for the pain he was to receive; till, roused to resentment by his subsequent language, she lost all compassion in anger.
Towards him I have been kinder than towards myself.
I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding—certainly too little for the convenience of the world.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects.
Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.
It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.
That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit.
Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.
An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.
Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.
A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of. . .
There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it.
You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness.
We do not suffer by accident. It does not often happen that the interference of friends will persuade a young man of independent fortune to think no more of a girl whom he was violently in love with only a few days before.
I never saw a more promising inclination; he was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by her.
What are men to rocks and mountains?
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.
In vain I have 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.
From the very beginning—from the first moment, I may almost say—of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.
You have said quite enough, madam. I perfectly comprehend your feelings, and have now only to be ashamed of what my own have been. Forgive me for having taken up so much of your time, and accept my best wishes for your health and happiness.
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly..... till this moment I never knew myself.
Angry people are not always wise.
Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.
He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.
I am excessively diverted.
I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.