Pride and Prejudice is a famous book that was originally published on January 28, 1813, which has 479 numbers of pages and at least two famous quotes are there on every page, uttered mostly from the mouths of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Some famous lines of Pride and prejudice are based on the proposal quote of Mr Darcy. The writer discusses the philosophy of life. She talks about love, relationships and complications of human behaviours. Each statement and every line has meaning either ironic or symbol in this novel. Jane Austen uses irony in Pride and Prejudice to convey a message to her readers.
The initial title of the novel was First Impression. It means that the writer tries to show us how we perceive things in the first meeting. Thus, there is a discussion on human nature and the interaction of people with each other. There is also a portrayal of the theme of jealousy being the most undesirable human nature. The writer also shows competition between the lower middle class for finding the best life partner. In short, the novel creates a unique happy ending story where everybody gets the pleasure of love.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.Page No.1
It is the most ironic statement, quoted on numbers of page s of websites, and one of the most important quotes of the book Pride and Prejudice. It is not only men who are in want of a wife but also the women who are in want of husbands. Soon the readers realise that women struggle more in getting husbands than the men.
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.Page No.10
Jane Austen in the narration of her novel Pride and Prejudice quotes the ball party event at Netherfield.
He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again.Page No.12
It is the first impression of Mr Darcy. He is considered the proudest man in the world. The writer shows two things through the character of Mr Darcy: first impression is not always accurate and a person can change with the passage of time. Mr Darcy changes his attitude at the end of the novel.
She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.Page No.13
Mr Darcy is asked to dance with Elizabeth Bennet but he refuses to do so. He opines about Elizabeth when he sees her for the first time. These lines have been quoted in this regard in Pride and Prejudice.
I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.Page No.23
Miss Lucas thinks that it is the birthright of Mr Darcy to show such a type of attitude but Elizabeth on the other hand has another opinion. Thus, she talks about him.
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.Page No.24
Jane Austen differentiates pride from vanity while mentioning the ball party incident. She thinks that pride and vanity are not the same but entirely different things. So, she defines these terms through her characters. Quotes on the topic are at page numbers 24 & 25 of the book Pride and Prejudice.
There are very few who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement.Page No.26
Charlotte thinks that nine out of ten women have better show more affection, which means that without encouragement love is rarely possible.
If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.Page No.26
It is a reply to Charlotte on her aforementioned remark.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.Page No.27
Charlotte Lucas is one of the wisest girls in the novel. She is unable to find a match for her. Ultimately, she marries Mr Collins, not because she loves him but because her marriage age is expiring day by day.
A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.Page No.33
Mr Darcy expresses his view in general about ladies. He thinks that a lady’s imagination can jump speedily from one moment to another. Conversation between him and other characters is at page numbers 23-24, quotes regarding which are available in the book Pride and Prejudice.
Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.Page No.35
From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced.Page No.35
Mr Bennet talks about his two youngest girls. In future, they proved themselves the silliest girls.
The distance is nothing when one has a motive.Page No.39
Life is nothing without a motive. In fact, life becomes barren without it. These lines in Pride and Prejudice are highly motivational.
I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love.Page No.54
Poetry fascinates many people such as Mr Darcy. He wonders who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love.
The power of doing any thing with quickness is always much prized by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.Page No.59
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.Page No.67
Miss Bingley sees Mr Darcy reading a book. She wants his attention but cannot get it. She is very much interested in Mr Dary. Thus, she expresses her opinion about reading books.
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.Page No.70
Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride – where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.Page No.70
Definition of pride and relevant quotes are available at page numbers 70-71 of the book Pride and Prejudice.
I dearly love a laugh… I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.Page No.70
The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.Page No.70
I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding— certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against 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.Page No.71
These lines are about the characteristics qualities of Elizabeth Bennet in the book Pride and Prejudice.
There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.” “And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.Page No.71
I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself…My good opinion once lost is lost foreverPage No.71
Page numbers 71 – 72 of the book Pride and Prejudice are full of such types of quotes.
It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.Page No.117
Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.Page No.137
An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.Page No.140
Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.Page No.142
Mrs Bennet realises that life is the name of suffering. She suffers too much but no one knows until she talks about her suffering. She says that if one wants sympathy from others, she must cry in front of them whereas many other characters in the novel do not support this dogma. In this way, a person loses his self-respect even in his/her own eyes.
There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.Page No.169
These lines shows Elizabeth’s unique philosophy of life in the book Pride and Prejudice. She talks to her sister Jane and sheds some light on the philosophy of knowing and being ignorant.
A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of.Page No.173
It is true that a girl mostly crosses the limits when she falls in love with someone. Lydia is an example of Pride and Prejudice in this regard. She elopes with him without having a second thought about the dignity of her family; however, she does not cross a little but too much.
Next to being married, a girl likes being crossed in love a little now and again.Page No.173
We do not suffer by accident.Page No.177
Sufferings are not dependent only on fate and chances as Thomas Hardy believes. Every person is responsible for his actions. It is the reaction of a person to a problem that causes more hurdles for him. Jane Austen describes quotes about philosophy of life on page No.177 and on numbers of different other pages of Pride and Prejudice.
There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.Page No.218
Elizabeth Bennet is not frightened by anyone. She flatly rejects Darcy’s proposal of marriage. Indeed, she is stubborn. It is not the power, wealth and fortune of Mr Darcy that impresses her but his good deeds. Every time a hurdle comes in her way, she becomes more courageous.
I certainly have not the talent which some people possess of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.Page No.220
Some people face problems when they meet new people. Mr Darcy tries to disrupt the charges that have been levelled against him for being an ill-mannered person.
You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.Page No.241
Elizabeth explains to Darcy that she has rejected him despite knowing that he has a good fortune. She elaborated that wealth has never fascinated her but the gentlemanlike manners always impressed her.
From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.Page No.241
It is an ironic statement. Elizabeth misunderstood Mr Darcy. Further, she says that she does not change her mind once she makes a decision; however, initially she rejects Mr Darcy’s proposal but subsequently accepts it. It is also one of the best quotes mentioned in the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
How despicably I have acted!”” she cried; “”I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this discovery! Yet, how just a humiliation! Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our aquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself.”Page No.259
These lines in Pride and Prejudice are about self-discovery. She realises her mistake. It is a technique of sudden realisation that many writers use in their literary work.
Vanity, not love, has been my folly.Page No.259
These quotes in Pride and Prejudice are about sudden realisation.
Angry people are not always wise.Page No.333
How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.Page No.384
It is about Lydia and Wickham; their passions are stronger than their virtue; hence, their marriage cannot bring permanent happiness.
If you were to give me forty such men, I never could be so happy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness. No, no, let me shift for myself; and, perhaps, if I have very good luck, I may meet with another Mr. Collins in time.Page No.431
He is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal.Page No.439
In these lines of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth is not going to consider herself inferior to anybody. Although she belongs to a lower-middle class yet that cannot shake her self confidence. If Mr Darcy is a gentleman then she is also a gentleman’s daughter. Perhaps, it is one of the most quoted quotes from the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”Page No.451
You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.Page No.445
Some people love to remember the old days but some do not like it. It is a general philosophy that the people who do not remember incidents from the past become successful in the end.
Oh, Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection.Page No.460
It is Jane Austen who rejects the dogma of marrying a person without having any affection or real love for him/her. In Pride and Prejudice, she quotes these lines to show hate against marrying someone without love and affection.
You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them.Page No.468
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.Page No.471
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