There are many recognizable quotes from Jane Austen's novels. Below are 20 of her quotes for you to guess which novel they came from. This game is for my fellow Austenites - let's see how well you know The Authoress and her works!
To Play: Guess which Jane Austen novel each of the quotes below come from, without looking up the answers, and leave your guesses in a comment below. One point will be awarded for each correctly guessed quote, a maximum total of 20 points can be earned. Guess as many times as you wish.
Quote #1 - "Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."
Quote #2 - "Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken..."
Quote #3 - “There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Now they were as strangers; nay, worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted. It was a perpetual estrangement.”
Quote #4 - "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love..."
Quote #5 - "A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."
Quote #6 - "But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them."
Quote #7 - “It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before”
Quote #8 - "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."
Quote #9 - "To begin perfect happiness and the respective ages of twenty-six and eighteen is to do pretty well."
Quote #10 - "It is such a happiness when good people get together—and they always do."
Quote #11 - “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.”
Quote #12 - “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”
Quote #13 - "To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive."
Quote #14 - "He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing. He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open, affectionate heart."
Quote #15 - "But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way."
Quote #16 - “They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to be thought, and felt, and said, for attention to any other objects.”
Quote #17 - "...from politics, it was an easy step to silence."
Quote #18 - "The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's."
Quote #19 - “No young lady can be justified in falling in love before the gentleman's love is declared, it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her.”
Quote #20 - "Who can be in doubt of what followed? When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other's ultimate comfort."
Answers will be posted next week.