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Our favourite Jane Austen quotes

Published date: May 30, 2017
Last modified: May 30, 2017

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a ticket to the Lichfield Festival’  – Jane Austen. Well, not quite, but that’s the version we have up here on the whiteboard in Festival HQ!

As you probably know this year at the Lichfield Festival we’re celebrating 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, so in honour of Jane we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 Jane Austen quotes!

1.“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

2.“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.” – Pride and Prejudice. A bit of a long one, but perhaps one of the best literary ‘put-downs’, ever?

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

4. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Persuasion

5.“Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.”

6.“It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.” – Pride and Prejudice (film). Poor Mr Collins, always so awkward!

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7.“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” – Mansfield Park. Hmm, we might be more inclined to agree with the advice from ‘Emma’ at no. 8!

8.“I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.” – Emma

9.“We are all fools in love” – Pride and Prejudice

10.“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”- Austen. Hot weather might well have been a problem for Jane, but it was  rain that was keeping our festival team in a state of ‘inelegance’ this weekend at Bower Day!

If you’re an Austen fan why not come along to one of our Austen events? We have a performance of ‘Austen’s Women‘, we have a talk about Jane Austen ‘The Banker’s Sister‘, Pride and Prejudice Live and finally our marathon screening of the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!

Ellie Turner-Kilburn

Marketing Intern