Pride and Prejudice Quotes

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Pride and Prejudice is one of Jane Austen's most famous novels. The romantic novel tells the tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy while providing humorous commentary on societal norms, manners and social status. Here is a collection of great quotes from this book.

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!"

Pride and Prejudice Penguin Classics Cover

"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve."

"I have not the pleasure of understanding you."

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love."

"He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal."

"By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased."

Keira Knightley starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen was Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film, Pride & Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice movie starring Keira Knightley
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You could not have made the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it."

"Till this moment I never knew myself."

"My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost forever."

"Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure."

"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."

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?"

"I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle."

"I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine."

"Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection. Are you quite sure that you feel what you ought to do?"

"Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends—whether he may be equally capable of retaining them, is less certain."

"It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first."

The cover above is the Penguin Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice with an introduction by Tony Tanner. It is available on