Celebrating Jane Austen Day 2014 with 75 Sensational Quotes That Every Janeite Should Not Live Without

Sprinklebakes Jane Austin 12th night cake sprinklebakes.com x 350

Jane Austen-themed Twelfth Night Cake by Sprinkles Bakes

Today is Jane Austen 239th birthday. Born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, England, her many admirers have proclaimed her birthday as Jane Austen Day and are celebrating around the world in creative and diverse ways.

Please join us and the Jane Austen Centre Facebook Group in the festivities. In honor of the amazing talent of my favorite author, I have chosen 75 witty quips and quotes from her six major novels for your enjoyment.

Which are your favorite? Join the celebration by sharing with us in the comments below and enter a contest to win one copy of Jane Austen: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions). Details of the giveaway are listed below. Good Luck.

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility 2007 x 350 Elinor and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (2007)


  1. One had rather, on such occasions, do too much than too little.
  2. I wish with all my soul his wife may plague his heart out.
  3. People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid.
  4. There are some people who cannot bear a party of pleasure.
  5. Money can only give happiness when there is nothing else to give.

Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice 2005 x 350

Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005)


  1. Those who never complain are never pitied.
  2. Laugh as much as you choose, but you will never laugh me out of my opinion.
  3. I could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine.
  4. Stupid men are the only ones worthy knowing, after all.
  5. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
  6. My good opinion once lost is lost forever.
  7. A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
  8. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
  9. Is not general incivility the very essence of love?
  10. One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
  11. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
  12. To be fond of dancing was a certain step toward falling in love.
  13. What are men to rocks and mountains?


Fanny Price in Mansfield Park (2007)


  1. Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
  2. Nothing every fatigues me but doing what I do not like.
  3. We all have our best guides within us, if only we would listen.
  4. Let your conduct be your only harangue.
  5. The enthusiasm of a woman’s love is even beyond the biographer’s.
  6. Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
  7. Life seems but a quick successions of busy nothings.
  8. Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.
  9. Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is not hope for a cure.
  10. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever saw.
  11. To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
  12. A woman can never be to fine while she is all in white.
  13. Varnish and gilding hide many stains.


Emma Woodhouse in Emma (1996)

EMMA (1815)

  1. It is well to have as many holds on happiness as possible.
  2. Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common.
  3. There are people who the more you do for them, the less they do for themselves.
  4. Vanity working on a weak head produces every kind of mischief.
  5. Better be without sense than to misapply it as you do.
  6. Men of sense, no matter what you say, do not want silly wives.
  7. If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
  8. If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next.
  9. Success supposes endeavour.
  10. Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
  11. What is right cannot be done too soon.
  12. I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.
  13. I would much rather have been merry than wise.
  14. One can never have too large of a party.
  15. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
  16. It was a delightful visit – perfect, in being much too short.
  17. How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.
  18. How much I love everything that is decided and open.

Catherine Morland Northanger Abbey 2007

Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey (2007)


  1. From politics it was an easy step to silence.
  2. I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.
  3. If we have not hearts, we have eyes, and they give us torment enough.
  4. For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.
  5. If an adventure does not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
  6. Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again.
  7. It is well to have as many holds on happiness as possible.
  8. Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
  9. One man’s way may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.

Anne Elliot in Persuasion 2007 x 350


  1. How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.
  2. His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything.
  3. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.
  4. A lady without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.
  5. If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it.

Jane Austen in Becoming Jane x 350

Jane Austen in Becoming Jane (2007)


  1. Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked.
  2. It is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people as well as they deserve.
  3. I will not say your mulberry trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.
  4. Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?
  5. Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.
  6. An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
  7. There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.
  8. Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.
  9. What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.
  10. There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
  11. It is my unhappy fate to rarely treat people as well as they deserve.
  12. I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

Jane Austen Seven Novels 2007 x 300


Leave a comment by 11:59 Wednesday, December 24, 2014 sharing your favorite Jane Austen quote to enter the giveaway contest. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday December 25, 2014. Shipment is to US addresses only. Good luck to all.

Happy Birthday dearest Jane. Thanks for all of the hours of pleasurable reading, movie viewing and general all-around obsessing.


Laurel Ann

Images courtesy of their respective publishers, distributors and creators, no copyright infringement intended; collection of Jane Austen quotes selected by Laurel Ann Nattress ©2014, Austenprose.com 

A Jane Austen Christmas: Regency Christmas Traditions, by Maria Grace – Preview & Exclusive Excerpt

Regeny Christmas by Maria Grace 2014 x 200Austenesque author Maria Grace has written five Regency-era novels inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, notably the Given Good Principles series and Remember the Past: …only as it gives you pleasure. Writing period accurate novels requires extensive research, so it seems only logical that Maria should turn her hand to nonfiction. Her latest book, A Jane Austen Christmas, focuses on Regency-era holiday traditions. Here is a preview and exclusive excerpt for your enjoyment.   

PREVIEW (from the publisher’s description) 

Many Christmas traditions and images of ‘old fashioned’ holidays are based on Victorian celebrations. Going back just a little further, to the beginning of the 19th century, the holiday Jane Austen knew would have looked distinctly odd to modern sensibilities.

How odd? Families rarely decorated Christmas trees. Festivities centered on socializing instead of gift-giving. Festivities focused on adults, with children largely consigned to the nursery.  Holiday events, including balls, parties, dinners, and even weddings celebrations, started a week before Advent and extended all the way through to Twelfth Night in January.

Take a step into history with Maria Grace as she explores the traditions, celebrations, games and foods that made up Christmastide in Jane Austen’s era. Packed with information and rich with detail from period authors, Maria Grace transports the reader to a longed-for old fashioned Christmas.  

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At Home with Jane Austen, by Kim Wilson – A Review

At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson 2014 x 300From the desk of Tracy Hickman:

I have been a Kim Wilson fan since reading her books In the Garden with Jane Austen and Tea with Jane Austen. Her latest work At Home with Jane Austen, a luscious coffee table book, promises a virtual tour of the places Austen called home. Some of these homes were permanent residences and others were temporary: the sites of visits to wealthy relatives or seaside holidays with her family.

The chapter titles follow the course of Austen’s life. After introducing “The Author” in the first chapter, the remaining chapters are Steventon, Away at School, Bath, Travels and Tours, Stately Mansions, Southampton, By the Sea, Chawton, London, and Winchester. True to its genre, you could have a lovely experience of this book by merely turning the pages and looking at the illustrations and photographs. However, I found Kim Wilson’s narrative of Austen’s life, focused on her surroundings and travels in southern England, to be equally appealing and informative.  As Ms. Wilson points out:

Though Jane changed her residence many times, family and home remained the emotional center of her life. She expressed her love of home in her work, creating heroes and heroines who also cherish the idea of home, even when, like Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, they are uprooted and must learn to love a new one: “When [Fanny] had been coming to Portsmouth, she had loved to call it her home, had been fond of saying that she was going home; the word had been very dear to her; and so it still was, but it must be applied to Mansfield. That was now the home. Portsmouth was Portsmouth; Mansfield was home.” (10)

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Presenting “Austen Spoilers” Cartoon by John Atkinson

Austen Spoilers graphic by John of Wrong Hands

Isn’t it charming? And too true!

We had a hand in its creation. We loved this “Shakespeare Spoilers” cartoon so much when we saw it on Facebook recently. It made us laugh out loud. But wait. The Bard is just as clever, witty and engaging as our favorite English author Jane Austen. Shouldn’t she get equal billing?

We contacted the cartoonist John Atkinson and pitched another famous English author for his artistic consideration. He was game—and we are delighted with the results.

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Mr. Darcy’s Challenge: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (The Darcy Novels Book 2), by Monica Fairview – Preview & Exclusive Excerpt

Mr. Darcys Challenge by Monica Fairview 2014 x 200It is always a pleasure to introduce a new book by a treasured author. Many of Monica Fairview’s Pride and Prejudice sequels: The Other Mr. Darcy and The Darcy Cousins, are among my favorite Austenesque novels. Her latest, Mr. Darcy’s Challenge, is the second book in The Darcy Novels series of “what if” variations. Here is a preview and exclusive excerpt for your enjoyment.

PREVIEW (from publisher’s description)

In this humorous Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mr. Darcy is determined to win Elizabeth Bennet’s hand in spite of her rejection and he has a strategy worked out. He will rescue Lydia Bennet from Wickham and will return to Longbourn to convince Elizabeth to marry him. But when a chance encounter prompts Darcy to propose once again to Elizabeth before he has rescued Lydia, his plans go horribly wrong.

Broken hearted, disillusioned and bitterly regretting his impulsive action, Darcy sees no point in assisting Miss Bennet. After all, rescuing Lydia might save Elizabeth’s reputation, but why should he care when they have no future together? His code of gentlemanly conduct, however, demands that he fulfill the terms of his promise to her. Once again, Darcy finds himself faced with impossible choices: helping Elizabeth when she is certain to marry someone else, or holding onto his dignity by turning his back on the Bennets once and for all.

Pride and love are at loggerheads as he struggles to choose between his mind … and his heart.

Volume Two of The Darcy Novels continues the story began in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.

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25 Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gifts for the Janeite in Your Life

 Jane Austen Christmas Card by Amanda White 2014

 Jane Austen Christmas Card by Amanda White Art on Etsy

Tis the season to shop and give and keep! Here is my annual Jane Austen wish list for Janeites. Enjoy!


  I's Rather be at Pemberley Mug x 250     Jane Austen Tattoos x 250

1. I’d Rather be at Pemberley Mug

I cannot think of a better way to start your day than with your very own Pemberley mug, can you?

2. Jane Austen Tattoos, by Accoutrements

A “nice” alternative to permanent ink.

   Jane Austen Action Figure x 250               Jane Austen Christmas Tree Ornament x 418

3. Mr. Darcy doll from BabyLit

Love it! The perfect sofa, chair or bed ornament.

4. Jane Austen Action Figure

The perfect book shelf figure to broadcast to friends and family which super hero rules your humble abode. Thankfully they do not make a Mr. Collins version.

5. Jane Austen Ornament

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A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England, by Sue Wilkes – A Review

A Visitors Guide to Jane Austen's England by Sue Wilkes 2014 From the desk of Katie Patchell 

How prevalent was the smuggling trade in England during the Regency? When exactly was the Season? What did men and women spend their day doing in the country and in Town? How did one go about posting a letter? Were spectacles a fashion statement or something to hide? What were bathrooms like in the Regency? And what exactly was the purpose of Colonel Brandon’s flannel under-waistcoat? These questions are asked and answered (alongside stories of daring escapades and humorous eccentricities) in Sue Wilkes’ latest Regency book, A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England.

Each of the seven chapters in covers a different aspect of Regency life, and is filled with anecdotes and snippets from journals and travel guides of the period. This book includes the following topics:

Chapter Breakdown

  • Chapter 1—“Traveling”: hotels, inns, turnpikes, sea travel, private carriages, public coaches, and highwaymen
  • Chapter 2—“Gracious Living”: the Season, townhouses, bathrooms, indoor plumbing, candles, heating, beds, bedbugs, landscape, country homes, food, meal plans, a day in the life of a Regency woman, and the Prince Regent
  • Chapter 3—“The Latest Modes”: style changes of hair and dress (and the meanings behind them), dandies, wigs, underwear, gowns, breeches, hats, and boots
  • Chapter 4—“Money Matters”: entails, the expectations of daughters and eldest sons, the options for younger sons, the levels of schooling for young men and women, marriage laws, and servants
  • Chapter 5—“Shopping, ‘Lounging’, and Leisure”: shopping in London, buying dress material, a day in the life of a London lounger, pickpockets, books, clubs, gambling, Almack’s, music, culture, church services, menageries, duels, sports, and the mail service
  • Chapter 6—“The Perfect Partner”: the marriage market, dancing, flirting, the waltz, wedding preparations, and elopements
  • Chapter 7—“In Sickness and in Health”: cleanliness, dangerous cosmetics, teeth, physicians/operations (successful and unsuccessful), childbirth, mourning, Bath, sea-bathing, and Brighton

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Dying to Write: A Patrick Shea Mystery, by Mary Simonsen – Preview & Exclusive Excerpt

Dying to Write by Mary Simonsen 2014 x 20My loyal readers who have followed Austenprose for years know that in addition to Austenesque fiction, I love a good who-dun-it. There are some fabulous Regency-era mysteries featuring Jane Austen and her characters as sleuths including Stephanie Barron’s Being a Jane Austen Mystery Series (12 novels) and the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries by Carrie Bebris (6 novel and one in the oven). Besides the Elizabeth Parker Mysteries (4 novels) by Tracy Kiely there are very few contemporary mysteries inspired by Austen, so when one hits my radar I am a very happy Janeite.

Mary Lydon Simonsen, author of several fabulous Austenesque historical novels including: Searching for Pemberley, A Wife for Mr. Darcy and Becoming Elizabeth Darcy, also writes a detective series called The Patrick Shea Mysteries. In her latest installment, Dying to Write, she has cleverly blended both Austen-inspired and a contemporary mystery. Today, Mary has kindly offered an excerpt for our enjoyment. 

PREVIEW (from the description by the publisher)

In need of a break from his job at Scotland Yard, Detective Sergeant Patrick Shea of London’s Metropolitan Police, is looking forward to some quiet time at a timeshare in rural Devon in England’s West Country. However, when he arrives at The Woodlands, Patrick finds himself in the midst of a Jane Austen conference. Despite Regency-era dresses, bonnets, and parasols, a deep divide exists between the Jane Austen fan-fiction community, those who enjoy expanding on the author’s work by writing re-imaginings of her stories, and the Janeites, those devotees who think anyone who tampers with the original novels is committing a sacrilege. When one of the conference speakers is found dead in her condo, Patrick is back on the job trying to find out who murdered her. Is it possible that the victim was actually killed because of a book?

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