Sense and Sensibility Quotes

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Sense and Sensibility Quotes
Sense and Sensibility Quotes
Sense and Sensibility is the first published work of Jane Austen and it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady." The novel portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood Sisters, Elinor and Marianne, it follows the young ladies to their new home, a small cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

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.
Chapter 3

Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.
Chapter 19

There was a kind of cold hearted selfishness on both sides, which mutually attracted them; and they sympathised with each other in an insipid propriety of demeanour, and a general want of understanding.
Chapter 34

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.
Chapter 17

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.
Chapter 11

Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.
Chapter 17

I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.
Chapter 15

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!
Chapter 3

If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.
Chapter 46

It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
Chapter 12

I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.
Chapter 48

Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
Chapter 36

To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect
Chapter 4

As moderate as those of the rest of the world, I believe. I wish as well as every body else to be perfectly happy; but, like every body else it must be in my own way. Greatness will not make me so.
Chapter 17

Life could do nothing for her, beyond giving time for a better preparation for death.
Chapter 31

But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state. Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.
Chapter 19

Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.
Chapter 17

She was stronger alone; and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as, with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be.
Chapter 23

At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance, is perceived.
Chapter 4

Though where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
Chapter 31

To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!
Chapter 3

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...
Chapter 32

Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
Chapter 36
 
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