“Not your plain Jane…”

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed my short story review I posted earlier today! I don’t think I have posted two blog posts on the same day before… but this is a special occasion! Today is the day that marks 200 years since Jane Austen’s death. In her honour, I have selected just a few of my favourite quotes from books, letters and writings.

I have only recently grown to love Jane Austen (within the past year and a half). I originally had a misjudged preconception of her and didn’t think her novels were my kind of thing. It was only after I started to learn about Jane herself and her life did I decide to read ‘Sense and Sensibility’. I LOVED it! I have since read ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Persuasion’. (‘Mansfield Park’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ I am over half way through!)

I think that if you are curious about Austen’s work, I would seriously read one of her books. They are considered ‘classics’ for a reason! However, if you were like me and were skeptical about her work, perhaps do what I did and explore a bit more of her life, who she was as a person and how she became to love writing.

‘Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it’- Sense and Sensibility

‘It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble’- Emma 

‘Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct’- Mansfield Park

‘There were only twelve dances, of which I danced nine, and was merely prevented from dancing the rest by want of a partner…’- Letter to Cassandra 1800

‘In marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman’s daughter; so far we are equal’ – Pride and Prejudice 

Thank you Jane Austen, two centuries on and your books are still flying off the shelves! And in the UK, she has just appeared on the new £10 note! Now that’s an achievement!

I have many-a-quote highlighted in my books, but these few stood out to me and made me laugh. She certainly had a wicked wit! But in doing so, made poignant points about society, expectations, romance, honour, pride, the list goes on…

Jane affirmed my love of classics and created a whole different genre of book in my opinion… Austenian 😉

My reviews of her books will appear on my blog in the future!

Have a read of one of her novels! Happy reading! Lx

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