Pledge your troth to these romantic (and snarky!) Jane Austen quotes

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Whether you're destined for the stoic Mr. Darcy or like me, lamented the passing of your favorite Col. Brandon (we miss you, Alan!), Jane Austen's characters forever changed many of our romantic sentiments for better or worse.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, though, that Jane Austen quotes (from her books or inspired by her from the movies!) are always ripe for plucking for lovely and old-fashioned swoon-y sentiment (as well as LOTS of awesome snark!). Let's pick the most romantic, clever, and snarky Jane Austen quotes for when we are all fools in love.

Jane Austen on love

“We are all fools in love” – Pride and Prejudice

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” – Pride and Prejudice

“The Very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.” – Love and Friendship

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“A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.” – Persuasion

“Is not general incivility the very essence of love?” – Pride and Prejudice

“To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.” – Persuasion

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” – Sense and Sensibility

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.” – Persuasion

“Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.” – Pride and Prejudice

“In vain have I 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.” – Pride And Prejudice

“Till this moment I never knew myself.” – Pride and Prejudice


“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

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” – Persuasion

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” – Northanger Abbey

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” – Pride and Prejudice

“Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.” – Pride and Prejudice

“There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” – Jane Austen

“If I have not spoken, it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream.” – Emma

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.” – Pride and Prejudice

“To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry, the right man will come at last.” – Jane Austen, Jane Austen's Letters

Cynical and funny Jane

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice

“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” – Mansfield Park

“Nobody minds having what is too good for them.” – Mansfield Park


“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.” – Emma

“Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of.” – Pride and Prejudice

“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

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” – Pride and Prejudice

“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” – Mansfield Park

(Just kidding!)


“It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.” – Mr. Collins, Pride and Prejudice

What's your favorite Jane Austen quote? Will you be pilfering any for your ceremony?

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Comments on Pledge your troth to these romantic (and snarky!) Jane Austen quotes

    • Once again, not a quote by Jane Austen, only from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie.

    • But that one is NOT by Jane Austen, it appears only in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film.

  1. One of my personal favorites from Mansfield Park: “Let no one presume to give the feelings of a young woman on receiving the assurance of that affection of which she has scarcely allowed herself to entertain a hope.”

  2. Unfortunately, you have included at least 6 quotes, among those the very first and the last, which are NOT by Jane Austen, they come from adaptations of her works. Badly done!

    • Fair enough, I’ll add a note about that. Some fans of the movie may enjoy adding the movie quotes to their ceremony though, as inspired-by, so I won’t remove them. Appreciate the catch!

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