50 'Persuasion' Quotes From The Jane Austen Classic

Book quotes from 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen are amongst the best quotes.

'Persuasion' is a well-acclaimed book by Jane Austen which was her last fully completed novel that was published in the year 1817 posthumously.

It is centered on one of Austen's most famous heroines, Anne Elliot, whose family rents their house to an Admiral and his wife to cut their expenses. Anne, who is engaged to the Admiral's wife's brother,  Captain Wentworth, is persuaded by her peers and family members to break off her relationship.

Here are the best book quotes by Jane Austen from 'Persuasion'. For more Jane Austen quotes, visit 'Pride and Prejudice' quotes and 'Sense and Sensibility' quotes.

'Persuasion' Important Quotes By Jane Austen

Quotes from Jane Austen will pierce your soul.

Here are some of the most important quotes from Jane Austen's novel 'Persuasion'.

1. "I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

2. "First, as a means of bringing persons of obscure birth into undue distinction, and raising men to honors which their fathers and grandfathers never dreamt of; and secondly, as it cuts up a man's youth and vigor most horribly."

-Sir Walter, 'Persuasion'.

3. "How quick come the reasons for approving what we like."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

4. "Give him a book, and he will read all day long."

-Charles Musgrove, 'Persuasion'.

5. "I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy."

-Captain Harville, 'Persuasion'.

6. "Time will explain."

-Lady Russell, 'Persuasion'.

7. "We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

8. "If there is any thing disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it."

-Mary Musgrove, 'Persuasion'.

9. "His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

10. "I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

'Persuasion' Quotes About Love

Here are love quotes and love letter quotes from 'Persuasion'.

11. "Lady Russell, indeed, had scarcely any influence with Elizabeth, and seemed to love her, rather because she would love her, than because Elizabeth deserved it."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

12. "Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

13. "He was rich, and be- ing turned on shore, fully intended to settle as soon as he could be properly tempted; actually looking round, ready to fall in love with all the speed which a clear head and a quick taste could allow. "

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

14. "They were more in love with him (Wentworth); yet there it was not love. It was a little fever of admiration; but it might, probably must, end in love with some."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

15. "If I loved a man, as she loves the Admiral, I would always be with him, nothing should ever separate us..."

-Louisa, 'Persuasion'.

16. "I love your indignation."

-Mr. Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

17. "A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

18. "I quite agree that we love her the better for having nursed her."

-Mary, 'Persuasion'.

19. "Well might Charles wonder how Captain Wentworth would feel! Perhaps he had quitted the field, had given Louisa up, had ceased to love, had found he did not love her. "

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

20."He had an affectionate heart. He must love somebody."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

Most Famous Jane Austen Book Quotes From 'Persuasion'

For a good satirical quote or quotes about feelings, read 'Persuasion' book quotes that will give you hope.

Here are some book quotes by Austen from her book 'Persuasion' about devotion and precious love which will give you pleasure and stir your innermost feelings.

21. "When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

22. "Like other great men under reverses, I must endeavor to subdue my mind to my fortune. I must learn to brook being happier than I deserve."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

23. "His good looks and his rank had one fair claim on his attachment; since to them he must have owed a wife of very superior character to any thing deserved by his own"

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

24. "Anne hoped she had outlived the age of blushing; but the age of emotion she certainly had not."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

25. "Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

26. "One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best."

-Admiral Croft, 'Persuasion'.

27. "Now they were as strangers; worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

28. "That season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

29. "Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter El- liot’s character; vanity of person and of situation."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

30. "I would rather be overturned by him, than driven safely by anybody else.’"

-Louisa Musgrove, 'Persuasion'.

Greatest Quotes From 'Persuasion'

Here is a list of book quotes and literary quotes from the conversations and literary love quotes 'Persuasion' by Austen which you will love reading.

31. "She learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

32. "Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

33. "When I have made up my mind, I have made it."

-Captain Wentworth, 'Persuasion'.

34. "Her word had no weight; her convenience was always to give way."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

35. "Consequence has its tax."

-Mr. Shepherd, 'Persuasion'.

36. "I am not fond of the idea of my shrubberies being always approachable."

-Sir Walter, 'Persuasion'.

37. There is hardly any personal defect ... which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to."

- Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion',

38. "We certainly do not forget you, so soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

39. "She gloried in being a sailor’s wife, but she must pay the tax of quick alarm for belonging to that profession which is, if possible, more distinguished in its domestic virtues than in its national importance."

- Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

40. "She considered it as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors with all the expedition which the most comprehensive retrenchments could secure, and saw no dignity in anything short of it."

-Narrator, 'Persuasion'.

Noteworthy Anne Elliot 'Persuasion' Quotes

Anne Elliot is the protagonist of the book 'Persuasion' and one of the most important heroines of Austen's literary career. Here is a list of important quotes by her from the book.

41. "My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

42. "Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

43. "One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

44. "I walk: I prefer walking."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

45. "She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

46. "All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest when existence or when hope is gone!"

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

47. "When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

48. "Her attachment and regrets had, for a long time, clouded every enjoyment of youth, and an early loss of bloom and spirits had been their lasting effect."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

49. "Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

50. "Warmth and enthusiasm did captivate her still."

-Anne Elliot, 'Persuasion'.

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