Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quotes from Persuasion

“If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it.” – Mary Musgrove

“A few months hence, and the room now so deserted, occupied by her silent, pensive self, might be filled again with all that was happy and gay, all that was glowing and bright in prosperous love, all that was most unlike Anne Elliot!”

“One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.” – Admiral Croft

Anne: My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
William Elliot: You are mistaken, that is not good company, that is the best.

“[M]y sore-throats, you know, are always worse than anybody’s.” – Mary

“A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman!—--He ought not----he does not.” – Captain Wentworth

“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.” – Anne

“Your countenance perfectly informs me that you were in company last night with the person whom you think the most agreeable in the world, the person who interests you at this present time, more than all the rest of the world put together.” – Mrs. Smith

“What wild imaginations one forms, where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!” – Anne

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.” – Anne

“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.” – Anne

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.” – Part of Captain Wentworth’s letter


Lauren said...

I have never read Persuasion. But I will now, after reading this (-:

Melody said...

Excellent! I hope you enjoy it. :) I also did a post about the book recently.

Alyssa C. said...

Oooh! Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel! Thanks for posting this!

Melody said...

You're welcome! :) :) It's always so much fun collecting quotes.

I have a question for you: how did you make the italic? I always see people do that when commenting and wish I knew how!

Alyssa C. said...

Hello, Melody! Just put a word between <(i)> and (but take of the parentheses enclosing the "i's." I just placed it there so it wouldn't make the "and" italicized. You can also use the "b" tags to make your text bold. :)

Melody said...

Well, for some reason what I'm trying to do isn't I'm a little confused. Do you put a word between two of those? < i >

Melody said...

(It won't let me put those together, it says something about HTML code not being closed...)

Alyssa C. said...

Oh dear, looks like it erased by codes. You have to put it in between < i > and < / i >. (Looks like html erased the coding of my previous comment.) I hope this works out this time. :))

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

I actually love the quotes by Mary Musgrove! She's one of those comical characters that Jane Austen uses to say things that other people often think. I love the first quote about men, it does sometimes seem this way but it's really that women and men are often better at different tasks!
You have a great collection of quotes here! Jane Austen's works are just so quoteable! :)

Melody said...

Okay let's see...

Melody said...

Yay! It wooorrrrkkked!
Thank you, Alyssa! :)

Miss Laurie,
Indeed, she can be very funny. :) Although if I knew her in real life...hmm. :P
I know what you mean...Jane Austen seemed to really capture people's characters; one can often think of someone in their own life to compare them with.

Melody said...

Please ignore, this I'm just practicing italics.

Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility.

Alyssa C. said...

You're very welcome, Melody! :))

Abby said...

Just to let you know I just awarded you the Liebster award! Congratulations :)


Rachel B. said...

Captain Wentworth's letter is so *tear BEAUTIFUL!!!

Miss Dashwood said...

That first one may be my favorite out of the whole book. Our JA was the Queen of Snark. Ehehehehehehehe.

Melody said...

Miss Dashwood,
That comment was Melody Approved. :D
(Our JA, indeed. :D That pleases Cute Owl #2. Because you say that about yourself, so I suppose you must be Cute Owl. Well, I'm a second one. Hahahaha.)

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