45 Romantic Jane Austen Quotes About Love

If you’re looking for some romantic words from one of the 18th century’s most highly-regarded authors, Jane Austen, then you’ve come to the right place.

Jane Austen was famed for her interpretation of society in the 18th century, writing about strong and independent women and unrequited love.

She was not a romance novelist, but when it came to portraying elements of love in her stories, she had some wonderfully written prose.

Here are the best Jane Austen quotes about love from her five completed books. Since she died before completing Sanditon, this has been left out.


Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Pride and Prejudice

Perhaps one of Jane Austen’s most well-known novels is Pride and Prejudice. Here are some of the best quotes about love from Pride and Prejudice

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“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.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Mr Darcy.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“One word from you shall silence me forever.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“I have been used to consider poetry as “the food of love” said Darcy.

“Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is
strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I
am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“I love you. Most ardently.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey is a coming of age, gothic satire about a young girl who loves to get lost in books. Here are some of the best quotes about love from Northanger Abbey…

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“Whether she thought of him so much while she drank her warm wine and water and prepared herself for bed as to dream of him when there, cannot be ascertained; but I hope it was no more than in a light slumber, or a morning doze at most, for if it be true, as a celebrated writer has maintained, that no young lady can be justified in falling in love before the gentleman’s love is declared, it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentlemen before the gentleman is first known to have dreamed of her.”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“There is nothing people are so often deceived in, as the state of their own affections.”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.”

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Sense and Sensibility

Another coming of age novel by Jane Austen is Sense and Sensibility. It tells the story of two sisters who move with their widowed mother to an estate, where they learn about love and heartbreak.

Here are the best Jane Austen quotes about love from Sense and Sensibility

“If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Yes, I found myself, by insensible degrees, sincerely fond of her; and the happiest hours of my life were what I spent with her.”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Sense will always have attractions for me.”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Emma

A satirical novel about romantic misunderstandings, Emma is a beloved novel by Jane Austen. Here are the best quotes about love from Emma.

“Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love ; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control. ”

Jane Austen, Emma

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“She was one of those, who, having, once begun, would be always in love.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“My dearest Emma,” said he, “for dearest you will always be, whatever the event of this hour’s conversation, my dearest, most beloved Emma.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“It is not every man’s fate to marry the woman who loves him best.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“She is loveliness itself.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. I am quite enough in love. I should be sorry to be more.”

Jane Austen, Emma

“Never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important; so always first and always right in any man’s eyes as I am in my father’s…”

Jane Austen, Emma

“Faultless in spite of all her faults…”

Jane Austen, Emma

Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Persuasion

Persuasion was the last finished novel by Jane Austen and tells the story of a second chance romance between Anne and an Admiral who once rented a room at her place.

Here are the best quotes about love from Persuasion.

“I do think that men can forget a lost love quickly. I know that women would find it much harder.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“The last few hours were certainly very painful,” replied Anne: “but when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure. One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison. No countenances so beloved.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park is another coming of age novel about a young girl, Fanny price, who is sent to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle to learn how to develop into society.

These are the best quotes from Mansfield Park about love…

“He will make you happy, Fanny; I know he will make you happy; but you will make him everything.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“The enthusiasm of a woman’s love is even beyond the biographer’s.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“You must really begin to harden yourself to the idea of being worth looking at.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“You have qualities which I had not before supposed to exist in such a degree in any human creature. You have some touches of the angel in you.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“Of course I love her, but there are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“Fanny! You are killing me!”

“No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford.”

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Jane Austen Quotes About Love from Lady Susan

Finally, we have Lady Susan. This short story by Jane Austen tells the tale of a young widow who moves into her brother-in-law’s house.

Here are just a few of the best quotes about love from Lady Susan…

“There is something agreeable in feelings so easily worked on; not that I envy him their possession, nor would, for the world, have such myself; but they are very convenient when one wishes to influence the passions of another.”

Jane Austen, Lady Susan

“Does not confine herself to that sort of honest flirtation which satisfies most people, but aspires to the more delicious gratification of making a whole family miserable.”

Jane Austen, Lady Susan

“Whether I ought not to punish him by dismissing him at once after this reconciliation, or by marrying and teazing him for ever.”

Jane Austen, Lady Susan

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Janes Austen Quotes About Love

Final Word on Jane Austen Quotes About Love

So there you have it, the best quotes about love from Jane Austen from all of her completed novels. We hope you found a quote that resonates with you from our list.

Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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