English Literature – Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen – Part I


“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.” 

“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.” 

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. 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.” 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”


  • Declare: to announce something clearly, firmly, publicly, or officially.
  • Enjoyment: the feeling of enjoying something.
  • Miserable: very unhappy.
  • Dissatisfied: not pleased with something; feeling that something is not as good as it should be.
  • Belief: the feeling of being certain that something exists or is true.
  • Inconsistency: the fact of containing some ideas, statements, arguments, etc. that do not agree with others, or something such as an idea, statement, or argument that has this quality.
  • Dependence: the situation in which you need something or someone all the time, especially in order to continue existing or operating.
  • Vanity: the fact that you are too interested in your appearance or achievements.
  • Pride: a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that you get because you or people connected with you have done or got something good.
  • Synonymously: with the same meaning.
  • Acknowledged: known or accepted by many people.
  • Possession: something that you own or that you are carrying with you at a particular time.
  • Fortune: a large amount of money, goods, property, etc.
  • Perhaps: used to show that something is possible or that you are not certain about something.
  • Justice: fairness in the way people are dealt with.


Learn the vocabulary and then memorize the quotes. Repeat them until you don’t longer need to read them.  

When you are done, choose another one of our texts and memorize it. The more texts you learn, the more vocabulary you will know and without realizing it, you will be able to use the phrases and words you learned in your daily conversations.

Extra challenge: Do you think you can write a short text using the vocabulary from this post? Give it a try! Share it in the comments below. 

What are your favourite quotes from this book? If you enjoyed these quotes (and if you have already memorized them), read the Second Part Of This Post). Enjoy!

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