15 Timeless 'Pride and Prejudice' Quotes

by Sadie Trombetta

From Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte to Virginia Woolf, every book-lover has their favorite classic author, but frequently at the top of everyone's list is Jane Austen. Just reading through some of these Pride and Prejudice quotes prove the book, just like the author, will always be timeless.

Originally published on Jan. 28, 1813, Pride and Prejudice received mixed reviews when it first came out. One of the most popular female authors of the 19th century, Austen was often hailed as a talented artist and writer on the rise by some, while being negatively criticized by her contemporaries, reviewers, and others. But despite any negativity around the author's seminal work, Pride and Prejudice has remained a cornerstone of classic literature for the last two centuries.

Read in high schools and colleges around the world, Austen's most popular work is more than just a classic novel studied inside the classroom, but a beloved romance enjoyed by non-academic readers and literary scholars alike. A beautifully written story about love and finding the ultimate contentment, Pride and Prejudice is more than just a tale of happily ever after, too. It's can be seen as a powerful feminist read about a young woman determined to speak her mind and make her own decisions. With so many different appeals, it is no wonder so many readers have flocked to it over the years.

In honor of the book's 203rd publishing anniversary, here are 15 Pride and Prejudice that will remind you why it's so popular after all these years.


“Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.”


“I should infinitely prefer a book.”


“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.”


"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."


"There is nothing so bad as parting with one's friends. One seems to forlorn without them."


“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.”


“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”


“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.”


“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”


“Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”


“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.”


“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."


“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.”


“Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”


"We are all fools in love."