Two hundred and forty years ago today, British novelist Jane Austen was born in Hampshire, England. Though her works were first published anonymously, they were immediately popular, and today, Austen is widely regarded as a great English writer.
She was a prolific letter writer, and her six novels — Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion — helped to usher 19th-century realism into literature. Her work is simultaneously comic and biting, highlighting the severe gender differences of her time.
To celebrate this beloved author, we've rounded up 19 of her most inspiration, grin-worthy quotes. May they brighten your day and move you to greatness!
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.