Mansfield Park Quote Collection
Today's post is the first installment of a new series that features a handful of quotes from a book - fiction or non-fiction - that I've read recently. Words have power, and I love to jot down the ones that jog my thoughts and curiosity. First up - Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Social commentary and ironic humor and flawed characters, oh my! I read this novel for the first time last week, and I absolutely loved it. Admittedly, I was a bit unsure about whether or not I'd be able to follow along with and enjoy the storyline and themes of the novel. Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen's more complex works, so the reviews often range from, "Eh, I didn't like Fanny Price..." to "Fanny Price is my SOUL SISTER!" Fortunately, I found it to be humorous, engaging, and thought-provoking, and I really identified and connected with Fanny Price. So, below are ten of my favorite quotes with coordinating page numbers (via this edition) from Mansfield Park. Enjoy!
- "She was not often invited to join in the conversation of the others, nor did she desire it. Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions; and in observing the appearance of the country, the bearings of the roads, the difference of soil, the state of the harvest, the cottages, the cattle, the children, she found entertainment that could only have been heightened by having Edmund to speak to of what she felt (pg. 76)."
- "No objection was made, but for some time there seemed no inclination to move in any plan, or to any distance. All were attracted at first by the plants or the pheasants, and all dispersed about in happy independence (pg. 84)."
- "The politeness which she had been brought up to practise as a duty made it impossible for her to escape, while the want of that higher species of self-command, that just consideration of others, that knowledge of her own heart, that principle of right which had not formed any essential part of her education, made her miserable under it (pg. 85)."
- "Fanny looked on and listened, not unamused to observe the selfishness which, more or less disguised, seemed to govern them all, and wondering how it would end (pg. 123)."
- "I am not so fond of acting as I was at first. I think we are a great deal better employed, sitting comfortably here among ourselves, and doing nothing (pg. 173)."
- "If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient - at other, so bewildered and so weak - and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond controul! - We are to be sure a miracle every way - but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting, do seem peculiarly past finding out (pg. 193)."
- "I was quiet, but I was not blind (pg. 336)."
- "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore every body, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest (pg. 428)."
- "They had been instructed theoretically in their religion, but never required to bring it into daily practice (pg. 430)."
- "His happiness in knowing himself to have been so long the beloved of such a heart, must have been great enough to warrant any strength of language in which he could cloathe it to her or to himself; it must have been a delightful happiness! But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach (pg. 437)."
Have you read Mansfield Park? If so, what are your thoughts on the novel? Do you have a "favorite" character? Leave me a comment below - I'd love to know!
Thank you so much for reading! If you'd like to keep up with me on social media, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Goodreads. For more fun and interesting content, check out my YouTube channel! If you’d like to be alerted whenever I publish a new post, you can follow me on Bloglovin’. Are you a blogger too? Let me know the name of your blog - I'd love to check it out!
Photo source of Mansfield Park is Goodreads, Inc.