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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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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Death Comes to London: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery #2, by Catherine Lloyd – Preview & Excerpt

Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd 2014 x 200I am so pleased to see Regency era mysteries becoming more and more popular. I love them. Top on my list are the twelve novels in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series by Stephanie Barron and the fabulous Julian Kestral mysteries by Kate Ross. There is nothing as satisfying to me as sleuthing through a death at a country manor house or with the Ton in London where debutantes, dandies and dowager duchesses’ dwell. Wow. That was a long string of words beginning with D, wasn’t it? It might be because DEATH is on my mind prompted by the new book, Death Comes to London, the second novel in the Kurland St. Mary historical mystery series by Catherine Lloyd just released by Kensington Books.

I am always pleased to see a new Regency mystery author appear on the horizon. Catherine Lloyd made her debut in 2013 with Death Comes to the Village (Kurland St. Mary Mystery #1) receiving high praise:

  • “Lloyd’s delightful debut…Readers will hope that death returns soon to Kurland St. Mary.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • “A skillfully crafted mystery that combines a wounded war hero, an inquisitive rector’s daughter and a quaint peaceful village with some sinister secrets…a compelling picture of a young woman trying to find the courage to stand up for herself.” – RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK!
  • “A Regency Rear Window whose chair-bound hero and the woman who civilizes him generate sparks worthy of Darcy and Elizabeth. – Kirkus Reviews

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Lizzy and Jane: A Novel, by Katherine Reay – A Review

Lizzy and Jane Katherine Reay 2014 x 200From the desk of Kimberly Denny-Ryder:

Anyone with siblings can tell you how tumultuous of a relationship you can have with them. There are times where you love them to death for being a shoulder to cry on or a voice of reason. Then there are the times where they think they know everything and refuse to see you as your own individual. Katherine Reay explores the complex relationship of two sisters undergoing some intense situations in both their personal and professional lives in Lizzy and Jane.

After losing her mom to cancer, Lizzy cannot deal with the emotional burden and leaves home. She turns her anguish into a relentless energy to create in the kitchen, and works endlessly to become a respected chef. Eventually Lizzy becomes the owner of a swanky New York City restaurant, Feast. After a good amount of success, she begins to lose some of her earlier skills and the restaurant begins to falter. Paul, the restaurant’s financial backer, brings another chef in to fix this, and Lizzy does what she does best—runs away. Unfortunately she runs into another cancer diagnosis, and this time it’s her sister, Jane. Lizzy decides to finally stand her ground and deal with this new blow, and as she tends to her family she finds her abilities to create amazing foods return to her. Now, Paul attempts to woo her back to New York, but how will she react to this now that old hurts with Jane are healed? Continue reading

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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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery, by Stephanie Barron – A Review

Jane and the Twleve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron 2014 x 200From the desk of Jenny Haggerty:

The holidays make me nostalgic for past times I’ve never actually experienced, so I leapt at the chance to spend the Yuletide season with Jane Austen. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas is the twelfth installment in a series that features one of my favorite novelists as an amateur sleuth, but so far I hadn’t managed to read one of them. It seemed high time to rectify that lapse, especially since author Stephanie Barron studied European history in college and then worked as a CIA analyst, highly suitable credentials for writing a story of intrigue set in the past.

The book opens on a blizzardy, bitterly cold evening with Jane Austen, her mother, and her sister Cassandra traveling by coach to the home of Jane’s eldest brother James and his family in Hampshire. Unfortunately when they reach the end of the public line the women find that James has sent an unlighted open horse cart for the last few miles of their journey, even though it’s dark outside and blowing snow. Both Jane’s mother and sister have their heads bowed to prevent the snow from stinging their faces, so it’s only Jane who sees the rapidly approaching carriage heading straight for them. There’s a terrible crash and the ladies are thrown to the floor of the now ruined cart, but almost as shocking is the language of the gentleman in the carriage. Raphael West comes gallantly to their rescue and certainly acts with consideration and grace, but he proves he must be some kind of freethinker by swearing in front of them without reservation. Jane is intrigued. Continue reading