The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance.
We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew;
if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die and we should be savages again.
We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.
How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only
brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
True friends stab you in the front.
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much!
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable, we have to alter it every six months.
Do not attack me with your watch.
A watch is always too fast or too slow.
I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
Jane Austen Mansfield Park
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
Jane Austen Emma