Wisdom from Jane Austen

Friday, March 27, 2015

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Last year I spent my time in books with Jane Austen. I read six of her novels (I skipped Lady Susan). While I enjoyed them if I were to be completely honest by the end I was ready to read something that didn't involve people trying to pair up and get married. Don't get me wrong...I loved reading her novels, but maybe I should have spaced them out a bit. Here are the titles of all six of them (in no particular order):

Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey

What I did love about her novels were the way she described people and her perception of human nature and how it works. Here are a few of my favorite quotes (quotes are boldfaced)...

I have to admit at times I am a real home body. For example, I would prefer to watch a movie in the comfort of my living room than at the movie theater.

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I love this quote as it is a gentle reminder to stay positive in what I write and say.

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. So true! Those that are tender in heart I hold dear. A hard heart can be a repellent. 

I also tend not to love by halves. I am either all in or all out. So Jane's quote here makes a lot of sense to me. 

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Yes! Once again Jane gets human nature. When we think too much of ourselves we tend to get ourselves in trouble.

There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. This concept has been a hard lesson for me over time. I am the type of person that loves to give to others and help, but I have learned that too much help isn't always a good thing. People then can expect from you too much or something that they themselves are perfectly capable of doing.

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. I love this! How I wish to be the person that stands firm in her beliefs and doesn't worry what others think of her.

So what are your favorite Jane Austen quotes?

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