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No doubt, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular romance novels in history. Written by Jane Austen and published in 1813, the book sold more than 20 million copies and had since been adapted for amateur, and professional dramas, film, and TV versions. We are eager to share with you popular pride and prejudice quotes to refresh your mind on this masterpiece made by Jane.

Despite being published years ago, this story has ever remained evergreen in our hearts for obvious reasons. First off, there are the protagonists – the proud Emma Bennet and the biased Mr. Darcy. And then we have the side plots, ironic twists, and thought-provoking dialogue. 

Aside from being highly entertaining, the book, Pride and Prejudice has lots of lessons embedded in it. What other better way to explore this book’s continuing popularity than to take a look at the provocative dialogue? So, below are the famous Pride and Prejudice quotes

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108 Famous Pride And Prejudice Quotes That Make It Unforgettable

  1. “But angry people are not always wise;” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “We’re in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank, and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Mary was the only daughter who remained at home; and she was necessarily drawn from the pursuit of accomplishments by Mrs. Bennet’s being quite unable to sit alone.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Do you not want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently. “You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.” This was invitation enough.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “If I were as rich as Mr. Darcy,” cried a young Lucas, who came with his sisters, “I should not care how proud I was. I would keep a pack of foxhounds, and drink a bottle of wine a day.” “Then” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking, and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Darcy was continually giving offense.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “His pride,” said Miss Lucas, “does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.” “That” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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Jane Austen pride and prejudice quotes

  1. “Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “You might have talked to me more when you came to dinner.” “A man who had felt less, might.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “A screen in the proper direction before her eyes. After sitting a few minutes, they were all sent to one of the windows to admire the view, Mr. Collins attending them to point out its beauties,” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heart-felt delight, diffused over his face, became him.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “…mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female.” – Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
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  1. “You must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “there is not a bit of fish to be got to-day.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “How unlucky that you should have a reasonable answer to give, and that I should be so reasonable as to admit it!” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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Famous Pride and Prejudice quotes from Jane Austen

  1. “She tried, however, to compose herself to answer him with patience, when he should have done.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Are you lost to every feeling of propriety and delicacy?” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Of the lady’s sensations they remained a little in doubt; but that the gentleman was overflowing with admiration was evident enough.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Though the motives which governed me may to you very naturally appear insufficient, I have not yet learned to condemn them.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Nothing, on the contrary, could be more natural; and while able to suppose that it cost him a few struggles to relinquish her, she was ready to allow it a wise and desirable measure for both, and could very sincerely wish him happy.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “for he was discovered to be proud;” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “She grew absolutely ashamed of herself. Of neither Darcy nor Wickham could she think without feeling she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd. “How” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “I do not believe Mrs. Long will do any such thing. She has two nieces of her own. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.” “No” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “and from impatience of knowing what the next sentence might bring, was incapable of attending to the sense of the one before her eyes.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice quotes about love

  1. “I never wish to be parted from you from this day on” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! – Caroline Bingley” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading – Caroline Bingley” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Are you so severe upon your own sex as to doubt the possibility of all this?” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “if we do not venture somebody else will;” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “In his library he had been always sure of leisure and tranquillity; and though prepared, as he told Elizabeth, to meet with folly and conceit in every other room of the house, he was used to be free from them there;” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “To yield readily—easily—to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.” “To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “I shall be glad to have the library to myself.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  6. “friendship between a person capable of it, and such an amiable man as Mr. Bingley, was incomprehensible. She grew absolutely ashamed of herself. Of neither Darcy nor Wickham could she think without” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice quotes about an angel

  1. “as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “English does not distinguish between arrogant-up (irreverence toward the temporarily powerful) and arrogant-down (directed at the small guy).” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
  3. “Mr. Darcy was in Pride and Prejudice and at first he was all snooty and huffy; then he fell in a lake and came out with his shirt all wet. And then we all loved him. In a swoony way.” – Louise Rennison, A Midsummer Tights Dream
  4. “But look behind you, Mary.’ She nodded towards the dais. ‘One of the musicians seems to be trying to attract your attention.’
  5. It was Peter. He was standing on the dais smiling across at me. My delight at seeing him was such that I could not disguise it – did not try to disguise it.” – Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet
It was Peter. He was standing on the dais smiling across at me. My delight at seeing him was such that I could not disguise it – did not try to disguise it.” – Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet Click To Tweet
  1. “I had never in all my life felt so elated. Peter cared for me! It was a miracle I longed to celebrate – to tell all Hertfordshire – and I had to hold my hand to my mouth against an involuntary smile.” – Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet
  2. “Hello, Mary.’ It was like hearing a note of divine calm after a dissonant passage of music. My confusion died away.” – Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet
  3. “I found I could listen without envy to Letty’s singing, and afterwards when the applause came, I did not mind that Mrs Knowles was heaping praises upon her. Peter’s hands were on my chair, and when I leaned back I could feel them against my shoulders.” – Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet
  4. “They talk o’ rich folks bein’ stuck up and genteel, but for iron-clad pride o’ respectability there’s nowt like poor chapel folk. Why, ’tis as cold as the wind on Greenhow Hill — aye, and colder, too, for ’twill never change.” – Rudyard Kipling

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Important Pride and Prejudice quotes

  1. “In suiting the action to the words, however, I perceived that the stars were all wrong.
  2. That was my undoing. I had looked up unthinkingly, anticipating the familiar, and, finding it gone, began to cry like a baby. Whereupon Peter stopped the gig and took me in his arms, kissing me so that my face was soon sore both from kissing and crying.” –  Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet
  3. “This made my father laugh. ‘Mary made a cake, did she? Well, well. Better that than she should make a cake for herself, I suppose.’ Peter then burst out: ‘Why must you always be making a game of Mary? ‘Tis not fair; ’tis not sporting.” – Jennifer Paynter, Mary Bennet
  4. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, he’d mused, that most people will never find their ‘call me Ishmael’.” – Django Wylie, The Middle
  5. “The easiest thing in the world is to convince yourself that you are right. As one grows older, this is easier still.” – Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity
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  1. “There are few of us who are secure enough to be within love without proper encouragement – Charlotte Lucas” – Jane Austen
  2. “There is always a zone where somebody is nobody; there is always a zone where somebody is somebody and there is always a zone where nobody is nobody” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
  3. “Some people call him proud but I am sure I never saw anything of it. To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “Your pride will prevent you grow up” – Michelangelo Saez, Zori 2ª Parte

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Pride and Prejudice quotes on being selfish

  1. “I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “It taught me to hope,’ said he, ‘as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “It would not be easy, indeed, to catch their expression, but their colour and shape, and the eyelashes, so remarkably fine, might be copied.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “You are too sensible a girl to fall in love merely because you are warned against it.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate!—Do not wish me such an evil.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “Keep your breath to cool your porridge’; and I shall keep mine to swell my song.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “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.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “…no one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice quotes about celebration

  1. “I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may like you the best of the party.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing. Forgive me; and if you persist in indifference, do not make me your confidante.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “… every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “I am not afraid; for though I am the youngest, I’m the tallest.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “She has nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “Her daughters were eagerly called to partake of her joy. Jane resolutely kept her place at the table; but Elizabeth, to satisfy her mother, went to the window—she looked,—she saw Mr. Darcy with him, and sat down again by her sister.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “…and, my dear aunt, if you do not tell me in an honourable manner, I shall certainly be reduced to tricks and stratagems to find out.” – Austen, Pride and Pr
  3. “…and, my dear aunt, if you do not tell me in an honourable manner, I shall certainly be reduced to tricks and stratagems to find out.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to plague you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice quotes about characters

  1. “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.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “since they had met, and repeatedly” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “For she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  6. “I know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on the first application, and perhaps you have even now said as much to encourage my suit as would be consistent with the true delicacy of the female character.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  7. “Sometime the worst type of weapon in the world is love.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness,” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship. You may ask questions which I shall not choose to answer.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “I am ill-qualified to recommend myself to strangers.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have
  6. others think of us.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  7. “The far and the near must be relative, and depend on many varying circumstances.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  8. “It was necessary to laugh, when she would rather have cried.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  9. “When Mr. Collins could be forgotten, there was really an air of great comfort throughout, and by Charlotte’s evident enjoyment of it, Elizabeth supposed he must be often forgotten.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  10. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice quotes about pride

  1. “Pride has often been his best friend. It has connected him nearer with virtue than any other feeling.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “She longed to know what at the moment was passing in his mind–in what manner he thought of her, and whether, in defiance of everything, she was still dear to him.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “…had you behaved in a more gentleman like manner!” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “No more have I,” said Mr. Bennet; “and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, “how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  6. “For a single man with a good fortune must be in want of a wife” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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  1. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  3. “I do not play this instrument so well as I should wish to, but I have always supposed that to be my own fault because I would not take the trouble of practicing.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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More famous Pride and Prejudice quotes

  1. “There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil – a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “I am afraid I interrupt your solitary ramble, my dear sister,’ said he, as he joined her.
  3. ‘You certainly do,’ she replied with a smile; ‘but it does not follow that the interruption must be unwelcome.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  4. “Are you consulting your own feelings in the present case, or do you imagine that you are gratifying mine? “ – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  5. “Everything nourishes what is strong already.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  6. “but without scheming to do wrong, or to make others unhappy, there may be error, and there may be misery. Thoughtlessness, want of attention to other people’s feelings, and want of resolution, will do the business.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  7. “Miss Bingley’s congratulations to her brother, on his approaching marriage, were all that was affectionate and insincere.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  8. “Do you not want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  9. “From Mrs. Bennett to Jane: “I knew how it would be. I always said it must be so, at last. I was sure you could not be so beautiful for nothing!” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“From Mrs. Bennett to Jane: "I knew how it would be. I always said it must be so, at last. I was sure you could not be so beautiful for nothing!” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Click To Tweet
  1. “There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely—a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Which of these Pride and Prejudice quotes is your favorite?

One attribute Pride and Prejudice has which still makes it relevant in our time despite being published in the eighties is that it still connects with the Netflix generation. This period drama is not as stiff and monotonous as many period dramas. Our generation can still comprehend and relate with the characters especially the popular Elizabeth Bennet, one of the five sisters who must get married to a rich man. This leads to her confrontation with the egoistical Mr. Darcy. 

Jane Austen is no doubt a classic author and storyteller. It took a lot for her to finally publish that book but despite the humble beginnings, the book has gone on to be one of the cornerstones in the literary world. We hope you enjoyed reading these quotes as much as we enjoyed gathering them.  

We are curious to know which of the Pride and Prejudice quotes you still remember. Tell us in the comment section.

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