I love a good quote. Whether its profound or funny, meaty or light, a phrase that stops me in my tracks with a fresh perspective is always a delightful discovery. The typical Janeite has any number of Austen-born witticisms memorized, be them from her novels or letters, we love to drop fragments of them into conversations and online comments whenever possible. I confess that I do it, and I have certainly noticed that many others of the Janeite persuasion do as well. Today, I’m going to serve up some treats of a similar nature, except that instead of originating directly from Jane Austen, I’m sharing some great quotes from the work of the current set of Austen Authors. Enjoy, and either comment on your favorite quote from my list or add your personal favorite.
Without further ado, here is the list:
- Alexa Adams: Here she had lived, and now he would too. Never did he think the world could look so bright from the inside of a madhouse. ~ Mr. Darcy ~ The Madness of Mr. Darcy
- Anna Elliott: Your own thoughts can sound unfamiliar and strange when they are out there, spoken in the world, as though they have taken on a life of their own. ~ Georgiana Darcy ~ Georgiana Darcy’s Diary
- Barbara Silkstone: I left her in the parlor knowing she would enjoy a good snoop. Nosy people deserve a pop in the nose and the photos on the mantel would have the desired effect. ~ Lizzie Bennet ~ Pansy Cottage
- Brenda J. Webb: “I know you love Miss Elizabeth. Lord knows, even I have come to care for her like a sister. But it is obvious, after what I witnessed today, that you will never be satisfied to live together as friends, and I cannot fathom how this situation can turn out well for either of you.” ~ Georgiana Darcy ~ Fitzwilliam Darcy an Honourable Man
- Cecilia Gray: But Lizzie didn’t always want to be good. She wanted to be right. It wasn’t the same thing. ~ Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series)
- Diana J. Oaks: “Miss Bingley, would you grant me such power over you that I may offend with a word unspoken?” ~ Elizabeth Bennet ~ One Thread Pulled: The Dance with Mr. Darcy
- Elizabeth Adams: “…just make sure you keep your eyes open and your wits about you. It is never wise to go into these things with your mind already made up.” ~ Mrs. Gardiner ~The Houseguest
- Elizabeth Ann West: “You have to admit, it’s rather perfect that the one woman to catch your eye in all this time has standards higher than your own.” ~ Richard Fitzwilliam ~ A Winter Wrong: A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation
- Jeanna Ellsworth: “I do not know how many times I have actually proposed, but I will not give up, I will persist. I will fight for you until I have not breath left in me to speak the words. Marry me.” ~ Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Pride and Persistence
- Jenni James: “It was one of those emotionally abusive relationships that scar. Those scars run deep. I’m sort of afraid of anyone who has that mentality now. I know how badly they cut you. It’s hard when your partner doesn’t find you desirable. There comes a point when you try anything to be another person—you forget who you are just so they’re happy.” ~ Eliza Bennet ~ My Pride, His Prejudice (Austen in Love Book 1)
- Jennifer Petkus: Most men of my acquaintance, because of their status in society and their dominance over the fair sex, are too proud to admit they need a helpmate. ~ Jane Woodsen ~ My Particular Friend
- Joana Starnes: How could she have been so blind, so dreadfully blind and dense? Why did she need to see him facing mortal peril to understand at last how much he meant to her? ~ Elizabeth Bennet ~ The Falmouth Connection
- Katherine Reay: I’ve heard all sorts of things about a kiss (melting, fireworks, music), but no one ever told me it’s a conversation: asking, accepting, deciding, inviting, giving … Questions posed and answered. ~ Samantha Moore ~ Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel
- Melanie Schertz: “He has always been kind and caring, even loving to those he holds dear, but I do not believe he could be considered a romantic before meeting you.” ~ Mrs. Reynolds ~ The Bridge to Pemberley School
- P.O. Dixon: “…, for men can be forgiven many faults for which no such mercy awaits the female.” ~ Mary Bennet ~ Bewitched, Body and Soul: Miss Elizabeth Bennet
- Rebecca H. Jamison: Like a size I’d long ago outgrown, happiness was something for other people. ~ Maren Goodwin ~ Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale
- Regina Jeffers: “Yet, if she thinks our relationship is at an end, Miss Elizabeth erred. What exists between us is not finished until I say it is.” ~ Mr. Darcy ~ Elizabeth Bennet’s Deception
- Rose Fairbanks: You are the most delightful woman of my acquaintance, the only real woman of my acquaintance, as the others are mere figments of fashionable society. ~ Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Letters from the Heart
- Sarah Price: “There! You are judging him. One does not often judge someone who is in good favor.” ~ Emma Weaver ~ The Matchmaker: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma
- Sharon Lathan: “That is good news, William, because if any woman did try to compete for my place in your heart, a fight would be in order. I may be tiny, but I am a country girl, so it could get ugly.” ~ Elizabeth Bennet ~ Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship
Now for some more fun! Share your favorite Austen Author quotes with the world! The quote cards in the display below are shown at half of their actual size. Download a copy to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
Did you know? If you use a Kindle and the author or publisher has enabled the feature, the “Popular Highlights“ provides a list of quotes that three or more readers have highlighted. That leaves you to explore many lovely bits that have delighted other readers before you. Some the quotes in this list were gleaned from this resource.
Who would like a giveaway? Three of you will be the lucky winners of a lovely customized Austenesque necklace. The vintage appearance of the pendant is sure to please the romantic-at-heart, and the winners will select from the styles and finishes shown. A quote or image of your choice will be set beneath the cachabon glass dome. I will work with the winners on that aspect, so it isn’t limited to the examples shown. The glass piece is 1-1/2″h x 3/4″w. It comes with a matching chain. Leave a comment below to enter. Entries received before midnight EDT on Friday, June 12 will be entered in the giveaway, and the prize-winners announced on Saturday, June 13.