This week we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of one of the best-loved books on our bookshelf—Pride and Prejudice! We’re not going to weigh in on the Colin Firth versus Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy discussion (though we do have our favorite), but we are going to take a look at some of our staff’s favorite quotables from this excessively witty work of literature (and a couple other Austen classics for good measure).
Editor, Ande Fanning: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than a book!—When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Associate Editor, Kathleen Whaley: “I have not the pleasure of understanding you.”
Assistant Editor, Faith Morgan: “There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.”
Copy Editor, Nancy Ogburn: “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
Editorial Coordinator, Becky Goff: “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
Check out these fun, artistic interpretations of some of Jane Austen’s other bon mots, and see if you are not quite diverted.
Apron: “If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient.”~Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Sampler Pattern: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid. It jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”~Mr. Darcy
Mug: “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”~Mr. Bennet
Tea Set: Assorted Pride and Prejudice quotes
T Shirt: “I am excessively diverted.”~Elizabeth Bennet
Embroidery Pattern: “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”~Mr. Darcy
Hand-Drawn Poster: “Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”~Jane Bennet
T Shirt: “What are men to rocks and mountains?”~Elizabeth Bennet
Print: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”~Jane Austen