75 Top “Sense and Sensibility” Quotes That Prove Genuine

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Here are the 75 best handpicked quotes from “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen:

From “Sense will always have attractions for me.” to “An annuity is a very serious business.”

So if you want the best quotes from “Sense and Sensibility,” then you’re in the right place.

Let’s get straight to it!

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My Favorite “Sense and Sensibility” Quote


1 7

“Sense will always have attractions for me.”

— Sense and Sensibility

What I like about this quote is that it urges readers to be more sensible by reminding them to continue the pursuit for meaning and understanding of what life for them is.

Even amidst the confusion and chaos that life may throw our way, this beautiful quote guides us towards greater fulfillment by keeping the fire of curiosity burning within us regardless of the circumstances.

Best Handpicked Quotes From “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen


2 6

“Told herself likewise not to hope. But it was too late. Hope had already entered.”

— Sense and Sensibility


3 6

“I have frequently detected myself in such kind of mistakes in a total misapprehension of character at some point or other: fancying people so much more gay or grave, or ingenious or stupid than they really are, and I can hardly tell why, or in what the deception originated. Sometimes one is guided by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.”

— Sense and Sensibility


4 5

“She was without any power, because she was without any desire of command over herself.”

— Sense and Sensibility


5 5

“Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! Worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise.”

— Sense and Sensibility


6 5

“And Marianne, who had the knack of finding her way in every house to the library, however it might be avoided by the family in general, soon procured herself a book.”

— Sense and Sensibility


7 6

“Marianne Dashwood was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims.”

— Sense and Sensibility


8 7

“I wish with all my soul his wife may plague his heart out.”

— Sense and Sensibility


9 5

“Novels, since the birth of the genre, have been full of rejected, seduced, and abandoned maidens, whose proper fate is to die.”

— Sense and Sensibility


10 5

“He then departed, to make himself still more interesting, in the midst of an heavy rain.”

— Sense and Sensibility


11 7

“A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others.”

— Sense and Sensibility


12 6

“People always live for ever when there is an annuity to be paid them.”

— Sense and Sensibility


13 8

“You have no ambition, I well know. Your wishes are all moderate. As moderate as those of the rest of the world, I believe. I wish as well as every body else to be perfectly happy, but like every body else it must be in my own way. Greatness will not make me so.”

— Sense and Sensibility


14 5

“You are in a melancholy humour, and fancy that any one unlike yourself must be happy. But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by every body at times, whatever be their education or state. Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience — or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”

— Sense and Sensibility


15 6

“She expected from other people the same opinions and feeling as her own, and she judged their motives by the immediate effect of their actions on herself.”

— Sense and Sensibility


16 5

“The longer they were together the more doubtful seemed the nature of his regard, and sometimes for a few painful minutes she believed it to be no more than friendship.”

— Sense and Sensibility


17 5

“They gave themselves up wholly to their sorrow, seeking increase of wretchedness in every reflection that could afford it, and resolved against ever admitting consolation in future.”

— Sense and Sensibility


18 5

“She was oppressed, she was overcome by her own felicity; and happily disposed as is the human mind to be easily familiarized with any change for the better, it required several hours to give sedateness to her spirits, or any degree of tranquillity to her heart.”

— Sense and Sensibility


19 5

“From a night of more sleep than she had expected, Marianne awoke the next morning to the same consciousness of misery in which she had closed her eyes.”

— Sense and Sensibility


20 6

“She knew that what Marianne and her mother conjectured one moment, they believed the next: that with them, to wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.”

— Sense and Sensibility


21 6

“My illness, I well knew, had been entirely brought on by myself by such negligence of my own health, as I had felt even at the time to be wrong. Had I died, it would have been self-destruction.”

— Sense and Sensibility


22 6

“Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses, no less than in theirs; and all the comfort that could be given by assurances of her own composure of mind, and a very earnest vindication of Edward from every charge but of imprudence, was readily offered.”

— Sense and Sensibility


23 6

“‘No, no,’ cried Marianne, ‘misery such as mine has no pride. I care not who knows that I am wretched. The triumph of seeing me so may be open to all the world. Elinor, Elinor, they who suffer little may be proud and independent as they like-may resist insult, or return mortification-but I cannot. I must feel-I must be wretched-and they are welcome to enjoy the consciousness of it that can.'”

— Sense and Sensibility


24 6

“He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed.”

— Sense and Sensibility


25 5

“The pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”

— Sense and Sensibility


26 5

“Colonel Brandon was now as happy, as all those who best loved him, believed he deserved to be;—in Marianne he was consoled for every past affliction;—her regard and her society restored his mind to animation, and his spirits to cheerfulness; and that Marianne found her own happiness in forming his, was equally the persuasion and delight of each observing friend. Marianne could never love by halves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband, as it had once been to Willoughby.”

— Sense and Sensibility


27 5

“For to be unaffected was all that a pretty girl could want to make her mind as captivating as her person.”

— Sense and Sensibility


28 5

“When the romantic refinements of a young mind are obliged to give way, how frequently are they succeeded by such opinions as are but too common and too dangerous!”

— Sense and Sensibility


29 5

“Sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”

— Sense and Sensibility


30 5

“‘Elinor, for shame!’ said Marianne, ‘money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it. Beyond a competence, it can afford no real satisfaction, as far as mere self is concerned.'”

— Sense and Sensibility


31 7

“For though a very few hours spent in hard labour of incessant talking will dispatch more subjects than can really be in common between any two rational creatures, yet with lovers it is different. Between them no subject is finished, no communication is even made, till it has been made at least twenty times over.”

— Sense and Sensibility


32 5

“‘I cannot, I cannot,’ cried Marianne; ‘leave me, leave me, if I distress you; leave me, hate me, forget me! But do not torture me so. Oh! how easy for those who have no sorrow of their own to talk of extertion!'”

— Sense and Sensibility


33 5

“And books! She would buy them all over and over again; she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands; and she would have every book that tells her how to admire an old twisted tree.”

— Sense and Sensibility


34 7

“At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance, is perceived.”

— Sense and Sensibility


35 5

“He listened to her with silent attention, and on her ceasing to speak, rose directly from his seat, and after saying in a voice of emotion, ‘To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby, that he may endeavor to deserve her,’ took leave, and went away.'”

— Sense and Sensibility


36 4

“A woman of seven and twenty, said Marianne, after pausing a moment, can never hope to feel or inspire affection again.”

— Sense and Sensibility


37 4

“That is what I like; that is what a young man ought to be. Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness in them should know no moderation, and leave him no sense of fatigue.”

— Sense and Sensibility


38 3

“When so many hours have been spent convincing myself I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?”

— Sense and Sensibility


39 3

“Brandon is just the kind of man whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to.”

— Sense and Sensibility


40 3

“Mrs. Jennings was a widow, with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world.”

— Sense and Sensibility


41 3

“Pray, pray be composed, and do not betray what you feel to every body present.”

— Sense and Sensibility


42 3

“Yes, I found myself, by insensible degrees, sincerely fond of her; and the happiest hours of my life were what I spent with her.”

— Sense and Sensibility


43 3

“Nothing in the way of pleasure can ever be given up by the young men of this age.”

— Sense and Sensibility


44 3

“I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage.”

— Sense and Sensibility


45 4

“That sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.”

— Sense and Sensibility


46 3

“To hope was to expect.”

— Sense and Sensibility


47 3

“Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.”

— Sense and Sensibility


48 3

“She was stronger alone; and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as, with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be.”

— Sense and Sensibility


49 3

“Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.”

— Sense and Sensibility


50 3

“Elinor could sit still no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.”

— Sense and Sensibility


51 4

“I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”

— Sense and Sensibility


52 3

“Life could do nothing for her, beyond giving time for a better preparation for death; and that was given.”

— Sense and Sensibility


53 3

“There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.”

— Sense and Sensibility


54 3

“I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.”

— Sense and Sensibility


55 3

“Eleanor went to her room where she was free to think and be wretched.”

— Sense and Sensibility


56 3

“Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?”

— Sense and Sensibility


57 2

“What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I’ve had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.”

— Sense and Sensibility


58 2

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”

— Sense and Sensibility


59 2

“She was stronger alone.”

— Sense and Sensibility


60 2

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

— Sense and Sensibility


61 2

“I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness. Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.”

— Sense and Sensibility


62 2

“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”

— Sense and Sensibility


63 2

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.”

— Sense and Sensibility


64 2

“‘It is not everyone,’ said Elinor, ‘who has your passion for dead leaves.'”

— Sense and Sensibility


65 2

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

— Sense and Sensibility


66 1

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!.”

— Sense and Sensibility


67 1

“If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”

— Sense and Sensibility


68 2

“I think him every thing that is worthy and amiable.”

— Sense and Sensibility


69 1

“He admires as a lover, not as a connoisseur. To satisfy me, those characters must be united.”

— Sense and Sensibility


70 1

“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”

— Sense and Sensibility


71 1

“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!”

— Sense and Sensibility


72 1

“When I fall in love, it will be forever.”

— Sense and Sensibility


73 1

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

— Sense and Sensibility


74 1

“On every formal visit a child ought to be of the party, by way of provision for discourse.”

— Sense and Sensibility


75 1

“An annuity is a very serious business.”

— Sense and Sensibility