Favorite Austen Quotes + A Giveaway

Recently I casually re-posted a meme I saw online: Tell me your favorite Jane Austen character without telling me your favorite Jane Austen character.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a terribly strong response, and I thought the people who did respond would probably post memes or pictures of their favorite characters. Instead, I got quotes. Lots of quotes. What followed was an impressive array of favorite sayings from both the movie and book versions of Jane Austen. Some of them were iconic and instantly recognizable; others less so. Can you identify the characters represented below?

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well.” This one is, of course, in the “instantly recognizable” category. Our favorite Regency female says this to her sister Jane. I was this many years old when I recognized the double irony in this saying. Not only does Elizabeth love few people, but some of the people she loves she doesn’t even think well of!

“I’m half agony, half hope.” From my second favorite Austen swooner ever. One of the lines that made me fall in love with Persuasion, it was a rich payoff for slogging through a novel that had, frankly, seemed less than stellar up until then.

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” From a truth-teller to someone who desperately needs a smack upside the head. And he loves her enough to give it to her, uncaring of the consequences! This quote only hints at the depths of his devotion to her.

This humorous quote from someone who only speaks the truth by accident: “You give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person.”

Here’s a lovely, swoon worthy quote: “A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman. He ought not- he does not.”

“Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad..” Another swoon worthy quote from a world class brooder. Austen does them so well, doesn’t she?

Wise words for today, or any age: “I think it ought not to be set down as certain that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

These quotes are a bit more obscure: “I never saw such a woman. She would certainly be a fearsome thing to behold.”

“She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything: her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent.”

“That will just do for me, you know. I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth, shan’t I?”

And I’ve saved the best for last:

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Now, for the giveaway! Last month I released the audiobook version of Elizabeth and the Fleur de Lys, a Pride and Prejudice variation set during the French Revolution! This is Darcy and Elizabeth as you have never seen them before. If you long for a dashing, mysterious hero and a heroine who risks everything for love, this is the story for you! 😊 Narrated by the fabulous Duncan Galloway, who brings the story to life in unforgettable fashion! If you comment below by midnight, EST on Sunday, April 23rd, I will enter you into a drawing for one of five free downloads. Good luck!

19 responses to “Favorite Austen Quotes + A Giveaway”

  1. Regina Jeffers Avatar

    The “give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood . . . ” line coming out of Alan Rickman’s mouth always steals my breath away.

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      Not one of my favorite stories, but certainly one of my favorite characters!!!

  2. Riana Everly Avatar

    Our Miss Austen was a genius with words, wasn’t she? She captured characters with such amazing skill, like an artist who shows you the soul of a person with a couple of swoops of a pencil.
    Thanks for these.

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      She was such an observer of human nature!!!

  3. Sally Childs Avatar

    Like this.

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      Thank you!

  4. Nan Salomon Avatar
    Nan Salomon

    I love me an Austen re-write!

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      Don’t we all? LOL

  5. Glory Avatar

    How fun to do quotes and hints to figure out which character. I just added this book to my wish list the other night.

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      Good luck in the drawing!!! I think you’ll really enjoy the story!

  6. Cyndy Avatar

    The quotes are wonderful. Thank you! Thank you also for the giveaway!

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      You’re very welcome! Good luck!

  7. Sharon Bailey Avatar
    Sharon Bailey

    I would love to listen to this book

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      I hope you’re one of the lucky winners!!!

  8. Melissa Avatar

    Austen quotes are the best! She has such a way with words❤

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      She really does! I’m constantly amazed how much meaning she conveys in a few words.

  9. Lois Avatar

    Thanks so much for the quotes – great reminders!

    1. elaineowenauthor207097889 Avatar

      I’m glad you liked them! There’s no bad time for a Jane Austen quote.

  10. Dawn Rodak Avatar
    Dawn Rodak

    I remember when you posted this on Twitter. I really enjoyed reading all the quotes and connecting them to the characters. It just shows how hard it is to pick a favorite, because Austen was such a talented writer that she gave us so many wonderful quotes and characters. Thanks for reminding us.

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