Jane Austen Photo Via CC/University of Texas – Compiled by Egypt Today
CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Jane Austen is known as one of the greatest English authors to have published novels in the Georgian era. In celebration of her birthday, we have gathered some quotes that have influenced her generation, ours and many more to come.
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” - Jane Austen
Austen never put her own name down in the byline, in fear of what people may think, say regarding personal modesty and in order to remain ladylike.
“Sense and Sensibility” was her first novel, published in 1811; it became a huge success and a must-read among the literary English. As it was published under the byline “By a Lady,” only a few of her family members knew that she was the true author behind it and the rest of her novels that followed.
“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” - Jane Austen
Aiming for her readers to change and improve themselves and the people around them, her books were her weapon in the fight against social norms and acceptance.
Representing realism, while starting social conversations, her romantic fiction storylines are for everyday life.
Some of her goals were for her readers to learn from their relationships to improve their selves and find balance; to judge people correctly not by looking at the others’ net worth or social status but based on their morals; to understand that money is not everything although it is important that one has financial stability while not letting the amount of it impress you; and lastly to not be snobbish and treat everyone as an equal.
” Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” - Jane Austen
Well educated and encouraged to be creative, Austen was the second daughter and seventh child of an Oxford-educated rector. Her brother Henry revealed to the world that Austen was the true author of the novels after her death in 1817.
“Sense and Sensibility” was formerly known as “Elinor and Marianne”, “First Impressions” is now known as “Pride and Prejudice”, after Austen’s death her brother published “Susan” as “Northanger Abbey” and “The Brothers” as “Sanditon” and “Persuasion”.
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” - Jane Austen