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30 Best Sense And Sensibility Quotes By Jane Austen

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Quotes from this Jane Austen novel explore love, hope and happiness.

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'Sense And Sensibility', written by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in 1811.

Featuring now immortal characters and containing a wide range of themes that appeal to students as well as casual readers, the novel has turned into a classic text. Notwithstanding her other novels, 'Sense And Sensibility' has come to be regarded as one of the finest books ever written.

The book charts the exploits of the Dashwood family as they relocate from Norland Park to Barton Cottage. There these characters really experience a range of different incidents that form the chunk of the book. Exploring themes such as love, hope, happiness and self command, the novel at the very core, remains a journey about 'sensibility or 'sensitivity', as the word was understood back then. Among the other couples, the theme of 'sensibility' is most succinctly expressed when Marianne falls in love with Colonel Brandon and decides to marry him at the end of the novel. You could also take a look at 'Sense And Sensibility' love quotes and Jane Austen quotes from 'Sense And Sensibility'.

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'Sense And Sensibility' Book Quotes

Quotes from 'Sense and Sensibility' are inspirational.

Here's a list of quotes from the book that you are bound to love:

1. "I  will be calm; I will be mistress of myself."

- Elinor Dashwood, Chapter 48.

2. "You are very right in supposing how my money would be spent - some of it, at least - my loose cash would certainly be employed in improving my collection of music and books."

- Marianne Dashwood, Chapter 17.

3. "Mama, the more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love."

- Marianne Dashwood, Chapter Three.

4. "And books!—Thomson, Cowper, Scott—she would buy them all over and over again: she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands; and she would have every book that tells her how to admire an old twisted tree."

- Ferrars, Chapter Three.

5. "Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope."

- Mrs. Dashwood, Chapter 19.

6. "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."

- Elinor Dashwood, Chapter 11.

7. "They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future."

- Narrator, Chapter One.

8. "'This will probably be the case,' he replied; 'and yet 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.'"

- Colonel Brandon, Chapter 11.

9. "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."

- Edward, Chapter 17.

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

- Elionor, Chapter 17.

11. "If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy."

- Marianne Dashwood, Chapter 46.

12. "I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety."

- Elinor, Chapter 13.

13. "Your father thought only of them. And I must say this: that you owe no particular gratitude to him, nor attention to his wishes; for we very well know that if he could, he would have left almost everything in the world to them."

- Mrs Dashwood, Chapter Two.

13. "Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others."

- Marianne, Chapter 12.

14. "A fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous."

- Narrator, Chapter 21.

15. "I will not torment myself any longer by remaining among friends whose society it is impossible for me now to enjoy."

- Willoughby, Chapter 15.

16. "As it was impossible, however, now to prevent their coming, Lady Middleton resigned herself to the idea of it, with all the philosophy of a well-bred woman, contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject five or six times every day."

-  Narrator, Chapter 21.

17. "Brandon is just the kind of man, whom everybody speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to."

- Willoughby, Chapter 10.

18. "But now she is of age and may choose for herself, and a pretty choice she has made."

- Mrs. Jennings, Chapter 30.

19. "She did not lessen her own grief, it was at least prevented from unnecessary increase, and her mother and sisters were spared much solicitude on her account."

- Narrator, Chapter 19.

20. "You would be a happier man if you had any profession to engage your time and give an interest to your plans and actions."

- Mrs. Dashwood, Chapter 19.

21. "It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone."

- Marianne, Chapter 12.

22. "In the promotion of this object she was zealously active, as far as her ability reached; and missed no opportunity of projecting weddings among all the young people of her acquaintance."

- Narrator, Chapter Eight.

23. "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.

- Edward, Chapter 17.

24. "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."

- Narrator, Chapter 23.

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

- Narrator, Chapter 36.

'Sense And Sensibility' Movie Quotes

Quotes from the movie are extremely popular.

Here's a list of movie quotes of characters from the 1995 adaptation that expresses the themes of the novel.

26. "I-I've come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours."

- Edward Ferrars, 'Sense And Sensibility', 1995.

27. "People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them."

- Fanny, 'Sense And Sensibility', 1995.

28. "Elinor Dashwood: I have nothing to tell.

Marianne: Nor I. Neither of us have anything to tell. I because I conceal nothing and you because you communicate nothing."

- 'Sense and Sensibility', 1995.

29. "I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be...yours."

- Ferars, 'Sense And Sensibility', 1995.

30. "Ferrars: Your friendship has been the most important of my life.

Elinor Dashwood: You will always have it."

- 'Sense and Sensibility', 1995.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for sense and sensibility quotes then why not take a look at ['Persuasion' quotes], or ['Jane Eyre' quotes]?

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