Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Jane Austen day!

Jane Austen fans rejoice! Today is the 239th anniversary of Ms. Austen's birth, and to mark the occasion today has been designated as the very first ever Jane Austen day. 'Bout time! There's a ten day celebration going on across the Pond in Bath, England. (I know… squeals of delight!) JA certainly had a way with words, and below are are some of my fave bon mots from her novels and characters. Enjoy!

On love
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.” —Emma(1815)

On marriage
Marriage is indeed a manoeuvring business.” Mansfield Park (1814)

On women and men
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” —Pride and Prejudice (1813)

On life
Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” —Mansfield Park (1814)

On art
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” —Northanger Abbey (1817)

On fashion
One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s.” —Emma (1815)

On leisure
One cannot have too large a party.” —Emma (1815)

On society
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” —from JA's personal correspondence

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