By Nina TorskaSun. 21 Apr. 20243min Read

10 Famous Sense and Sensibility Quotes

In this blog, we explore cherished quotes from "Sense and Sensibility," reflecting on love, society, and personal integrity.
10 Famous Sense and Sensibility Quotes

In Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," I am continually enthralled by the elegant dance of pragmatism and passion that defines the lives of the Dashwood sisters.

This novel, rich with astute social commentary and vivid characterizations, masterfully dissects the tensions between societal expectations and personal desires in early 19th-century England.

"The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love." – Marianne Dashwood

Marianne's declaration reflects her romantic idealism and her skepticism about finding true love that meets her passionate expectations. It's a sentiment that resonates with anyone who has felt disillusioned by the realities of romance.

"Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition." – Elinor Dashwood

Elinor’s pragmatic approach to dealing with those she finds unworthy of serious engagement is both amusing and telling of her character’s stoic sensibility.

"It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others." – Marianne Dashwood

Marianne here speaks to the immediate connections that some can forge, contrasting with the slow-developing relationships that others experience. It highlights her belief in the intuitive and immediate nature of true affection.

"Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope." – Mrs. Dashwood

This advice from Mrs. Dashwood to her daughters encapsulates the novel's theme of endurance and optimistic anticipation, advising patience as a pathway to fulfillment and happiness.

"Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge." – Elinor Dashwood

Elinor’s observation on the influence of gossip and first impressions in forming judgments about others underscores the social dynamics at play in her community.

"I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter into all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both." –  Marianne Dashwood

Marianne's intense requirement for a partner reflects her depth of feeling and her need for a soulmate who shares her passions completely.

"She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her." – About Elinor Dashwood

This reflection on Elinor’s strength and independence highlights her resilience and ability to cope with personal challenges through her inner resources.

"What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering?" – Marianne Dashwood

Marianne's outburst to Colonel Brandon reveals her frustration and emotional turmoil, showcasing her sensitivity and capacity for deep feeling.

"An annuity is a very serious business." – Mrs. Jennings

This humorous yet pragmatic statement by Mrs. Jennings about the financial arrangements for the elderly provides a lighter, yet insightful commentary on the social practices of the time.

"I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way." – Edward Ferrars

Edward's declaration reflects a universal desire for happiness and the individualistic path that each person must take to achieve it, emphasizing personal integrity and the courage to pursue one’s own form of happiness.

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