Elizabeth Bennet is a lively, decisive, intelligent, and independent character from Jane Austen's pathbreaking novel, 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Elizabeth Bennet is the main protagonist in the novel. She is a modern woman who was brave to express her honest opinions, which is inspirational.
In the novel, Elizabeth is portrayed as a strong character because she is efficient, honest, and outspoken about social, cultural, and gender biases, which can be understood when she rejects Mr. Collins. After all, he is only looking for a wife indifferent to her intellectual traits.
Here is a compilation of Elizabeth Bennet's quotes. If you are interested in more similar quotes, then visit Mr Darcy quotes and 'Pride and Prejudice' quotes.
Jane Austen 'Pride And Prejudice' Book Quotes
'Pride and Prejudice' is the most famous Jane Austen's novel in English literature. Even after a century, her quotes are relevant even today. Below are some of them.
1."It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
2. "There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."
3."Have you any other objection than your belief of my indifference?"
4." Vanity, not love, has been my folly."
5." 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."
6." 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 distain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of the 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 on whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry."
7."Angry people are not always wise."
8."You may ask questions which I shall not choose to answer."
9." 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."
10."Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion."
11. "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."
- Mary Bennet.
12." To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love."
13." Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush."
14." She was convinced that she could have been happy with him when it was no longer likely they should meet."
15." What are men to rocks and mountains?"
16."I can't help thinking that at some point someone is going to produce a piglet and we'll all have to chase it."
17." They arise chiefly from what is passing of the time. And though I do sometimes amuse myself with arranging such little elegant compliments, I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible."
18." I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."
- Caroline Bingley.
19."For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?"
- Mr Bennet.
20." You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
Quotes From Elizabeth Bennet
Explore our collection of some of the inspiring quotes by the lead character Elizabeth Bennet.
21."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, and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense."
22."The distance is nothing when one has a motive."
23."Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."
24."One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty."
25."Is not general incivility the very essence of love?"
26."I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine."
27."From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others, made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry."
28. "I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any."
29."The distance is nothing when one has motive."
30."Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure."
31."Till this moment I never knew myself."
'Pride And Prejudice' Quotes About Gender Equality
When the novel was published in 1813, it was considered revolutionary for its content on women's rights and equality. Here is a list of those quotes.
32."Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart."
33."...if she is really headstrong and foolish, I know not whether she would altogether be a very desirable wife to a man in my situation, who naturally looks for happiness in the marriage state."
34."It will be no use to us if twenty such should come since you will not visit them."
35." He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal."
36. " When she is secure of him, there will be leisure for falling in love as much as she chooses."
37."I could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine."
- Elizabeth Bennet.
38."Miss Bennet, I am shocked and astonished. I expected to find a more reasonable young woman. But do not deceive yourself into a belief that I will ever recede. I shall not go away till you have given me the assurance I require."
-Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
39." All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this, she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading."
Mr Darcy Quotes About Elizabeth Bennet
Mr Darcy believed that Elizabeth helped him realize his mistakes and correct him. Here are some quotes to explain his feelings.
40."Where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation."
41."You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased."
42."I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit."
43. "A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."
44." I am well enough acquainted with you, Miss Elizabeth, to know that I can not alarm you, even should I wish it."
45."My good opinion once lost, is lost forever."
46."In vain have I 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."
Elizabeth Bennet Quotes About Darcy
Elizabeth was initially resentful of Mr. Darcy but reciprocated his love after finding him kind and honest. Here are some quotes which explain this.
47."I remember hearing you once say, Mr. Darcy, that you hardly ever forgave, that your resentment once created was unappeasable. You are very cautious, I suppose, as to its being created."
48."I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. Mr. Darcy sends you all the love in the world that he can spare from me."
49." You are perfectly right. You have employed your time much better. No one admitted to the privilege of hearing you can think anything wanting. We neither of us perform to strangers."
50."Are you too proud Mr. Darcy? And would you consider pride a fault or a virtue?"
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