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"One doesn't read Jane Austen; one re-reads Jane Austen." - William F Buckley Jr

"I'm a Jane Austen/Jane Eyre kind of girl." - Maggie Grace

"Jane Austen is very amusing." - James Callis

"I'm a Jewish Jane Austen." - Howard Jacobson

"Jane, Jane, Tall as a crane, The morning light creaks down again." - Edith Sitwell

"I'm playing like Tarzan-and scoring like Jane." - Chi Chi Rodriguez

"To Jane Austen, every fool is a treasure trove." - Mason Cooley

"Jane: Focus is important. V: Only if you're a microscope." - J.R. Ward

"How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!" - Dodie Smith

"I'll leave the swearing to the Jane Fondas." - Irene Dunne

"I would say anything is possible on 'Jane the Virgin.'" - Justin Baldoni

"I've never got on very well with Jane Austen." - Anita Brookner

"I was the Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade, but Jane Roe has been laid to rest." - Norma Mccorvey

"When I read the 'Dick and Jane' stories, I thought they were afraid they might forget each other's names because they always said each other's names - a lot. So if Jane didn't see the dog, Dick would say, 'Look Jane, look. There is the dog next to Sally, Jane. The dog is also next to mother, Jane. The dog is next to father, Jane.'" - Jon Scieszka

"I think as far as the action genre goes, I like when it has a sense of humor. I'm a Jane Austen/Jane Eyre kind of girl." - Maggie Grace

"When Goldie Hawn wrote her memoirs, no one said Goldie Hawn was snitching. When Jane Fonda wrote her memoirs, no one said Jane Fonda was snitching." - Karrine Steffans

"What good is it to look like Tarzan and play like Jane?" - John Welborn

"What's ready? Was Steinback ready? Hemingway? Shakespeare? Dickens? Jane Austen? They just did it, didn't they?" - Danielle Steel

"Who do you think you are, Jane Eyre? Grow up. Be sensible. Don't get carried away." - David Nicholls

"I am for the ones who represent sense, and so was Jane Austen." - Mary Mccarthy

"Jane Austen is the feminine Peter Pan of letters. She never grew up." - George Sampson

"Beast?" Jane murmured. "Then God make me a beast; for, man or beast, I am yours." - Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Am I hideous, Jane? Very, sir: you always were, you know." - Charlotte Bronte

"Written on the mirror, revealed by the steam, were the words, I love you, Jane." - J.R. Ward

"Blue. My name's Blue Sargent.' 'Blair?' 'Blue.' 'Blaize?' Blue sighed. 'Jane" - Maggie Stiefvater

"What's ready? Was Steinback ready? Hemingway? Shakespeare? Dickens? Jane Austen? They just did it, did' they?" - Danielle Steel

"You, Jane, I must have you for my own-entirely my own." - Charlotte Bronte

"Culture is the ability to describe Jane Russell without moving your hands" - Bob Hope

"He had a lot of different smiles, and Jane was getting to know them all." - Lauren Conrad

"I can talk about Jane Austen until the cows come home." - Whit Stillman

"It is not like every episode [of "Mary and Jane"] people are sitting around getting high." - Deborah Kaplan

"There are more stakes [in Mary and Jane], which is always good." - Deborah Kaplan

"John Thomas says goodnight to Lady Jane, a little droopingly, but with a hopeful heart." - David Herbert Lawrence

"Jane Seymour made my I.B.S act up. I had to leave the room." - Gina Barberi

"Raw sex is the last thing you are going to encounter in a Jane Austen woman." - Peter Greenaway

"Make haste" Jane added, just because she always wanted to say that." - Shannon Hale

"Governments and fashions come and go but Jane Eyre is for all time." - Jasper Fforde

"A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah." - Ronald Reagan

"If there was a Jane Austen camp, I would go, no question." - Stephenie Meyer

"It was like being in a Jane Austen novel, but one with far less clothing." - Terry Pratchett

"I always loved the style of Jean Seberg, Jane Birkin and Marilyn Monroe." - Helena Christensen

"Look at Jane Austen. Her characters derive in a reasonably straight line from fairy tales." - Andrew Davies

"I could never understand the attraction of Bette Davis. I always preferred Jane Russell." - Richard Griffiths

"I kinda go for the Jane Eyre type of film. I am fascinated by classics." - Tippi Hedren

"I feel it's like being a kid and dressing up, because that's what Baby Jane is." - Millicent Martin

"Jane Austen writes about these humdrum lives with such empathy that they seem endlessly fascinating" - Mark Haddon

"I do hope to bring Jane Whitefield back before too long." - Thomas Perry

"I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen." - J K Rowling

"Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire." - J K Rowling

"How can a guy climb trees, say Me Tarzan, You Jane, and make a million?" - Johnny Weissmuller

"It was a good experience working with Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda." - Terry Southern

"I'm like Jane Austen - I work on the corner of the dining table." - A N Wilson

"We were marching since we were babies and all we did was make Jane Fonda famous." - Robert Patrick

"My role models were childless: Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot, the Brontes." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Before 'Austenland,' I got do a lead role in 'Northanger Abbey', which is Jane Austen. Growing up in England, you can't really ignore Jane Austen. It's always been there." - Jj Feild

"Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft. And so is mine. It's not Jane Saw Puff. But the clarity of Jane Saw Puff is precious to me." - Sharon Olds

"You're never safe in 'Jane the Virgin;' that's what I'll say. You're never safe on a telenovela, that's for darn sure, and you're never safe on 'Jane the Virgin.'" - Justin Baldoni

"I've been fortunate in that I never actually read any Jane Austen until I was thirty, thus sparing myself several decades of the unhappiness of having no new Jane Austen novels to read." - Cathleen Schine

"Not long before my mother died, I found a long-lost portrait of Jane Franklin's granddaughter, Jane Flagg, aged nine - oil on canvas - in the basement of a public library not a dozen miles from my mother's house." - Jill Lepore

"I used the name Jane Roe because I didnt want my personal name to be involved in it." - Norma Mccorvey

"Rochester: My bride is here, because my equal is here, and my likeness. Jane, will you marry me?" - Charlotte Bronte

"It is a long way off, sir" "From what Jane?" "From England and from Thornfield: and ___" "Well?" "From you, sir" - Charlotte Bronte

" other words, all I want to be is the Jane Austen of south Alabama Interview - March 1964" - Harper Lee

"French girls still have the Jane Birkin culture. You can go just like that, without makeup, without managing your hair." - Emmanuelle Alt

"Drunk, Jane spoke as though she were Nancy Drew. I was a fool for a girl with a dainty lexicon." - Michael Chabon

"In life, Jane reflected, the most interesting things tend to happen when you're on your way to do something else." - Gabrielle Zevin

"Dear Jane, Just so you know: e. e. cummings cheated on both of his wives. With prostitutes. Yours, Will Grayson" - John Green

"Jane Austen: Getting into her books is like getting in bed with a cadaver. Something vital is lacking; namely, life." - Edward Abbey

"I hear you're losing weight again, Mary Jane. Do you ever wonder who you're losing it for?" - Alanis Morissette

"Pride and Prejudice' - perhaps more than any other Jane Austen book - is engrained in our literary consciousness." - Seth Grahame-Smith

"I bought all those [fitness] videos - Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda. I love to sit and eat cookies and watch 'em." - Dolly Parton

"Every time I read a Jane Austen novel, I feel like a bartender at the gates of heaven." - Mark Twain

"The original pilot script [ of "Mary and Jane"], we literally just wrote for fun. It was, let's just do this." - Harry Elfont

"I make no apology for preoccupying myself with architecture, television, conceptual art, restaurants and Jane Asher's cakes." - Will Self

"Ah, but you're the insidious type-Jane Eyre with of touch of Becky Sharp. A thoroughly dangerous girl." - Dodie Smith

"All reading is good reading. And all reading of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens is sublime reading." - Anna Quindlen

"It was the marriage that was important; Jane Austen rarely even bothered to write about the wedding." - Karen Joy Fowler

"Jane Monheit is skyrocketing up the jazz charts. By next year, we won't be able to get her." - Jane Monheit

"I'm kind of a mash-up of taste - Graham Greene and Jane Austen; W.G. Sebald and Alice Munro." - Amy Waldman

"There were many good actresses in my time like Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds, but I was the only dancer." - Leslie Caron

"I love to direct my daughter, and act with her, and we both want to work with Jane again." - Peter Fonda

"'Pride and Prejudice' - perhaps more than any other Jane Austen book - is engrained in our literary consciousness." - Seth Grahamesmith

"I used the name Jane Roe because I didn't want my personal name to be involved in it." - Norma Mccorvey

"I think it's about as likely Jane Austen was gay as that she was found out to be a man." - Claire Tomalin

"We weren't radical chic. Jane Fonda embarrassed me. We belonged to no political parties. Basically, we were vaudevillians." - Tom Smothers

"I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature." - Anne Stevenson

"I'm in love with mary jane. she's my main thing. she makes me feel alright. she makes my heart sing. and when I'm feeling low, she comes as no suprise. turns me on with her love, takes me to paradiiiiise do you love me mary jane, yeah now do you think you love me mary jane don't you play no game...." - Rick James

"I'm totally in love with Jane Austen and have always been in love with Jane Austen. I did my dissertation at university on black people in eighteenth-century Britain - so I'd love to do a Jane Austen-esque film but with black people." - Naomie Harris

"I am not talking about what every one of us means by love. Little namby-pamby love is lovely. Man rails in love with woman, and woman goes to die for man. The chances are that in five minutes John kicks Jane, and Jane kicks John. This is a materialism and no love at all. If John could really love Jane, he would be perfect that moment." - Swami Vivekananda

"Here was a woman about the year 1800 writing without hate, without bitterness, without fear, without protest, without preaching. That was how Shakespeare wrote, I thought, looking at Antony and Cleopatra; and when people compare Shakespeare and Jane Austen, they may mean that the minds of both had consumed all impediments; and for that reason we do not know Jane Austen and we do not know Shakespeare, and for that reason Jane Austen pervades every word that she wrote, and so does Shakespeare." - Virginia Woolf

"I was once doing a question and answer period with the novelist Jane Smiley in a bookstore and someone asked us what our processes were and Jane said hers and then I said mine and Jane said, "Well, if I had a student like that I'd force him never to write like that again because you could never write a novel in the way that you write poetry."" - Edward Hirsch

"With Jane Birkin, we had a scene from a film called Jane B. by Agnes V. - a portrait I made in '87. We had a casino scene, surrealistic, in which we had some naked people gambling. Jane Birkin was the card dealer and I was the player. I had beautiful jewelery around me, and when I lost I would take the jewelery and say, Service - being very generous, because it was very expensive jewelery. I would say, Tip." - Agnes Varda

"I am a Jane Austenite, and therefore slightly imbecile about Jane Austen. My fatuous expression, and airs of personal immunity-how ill they sit on the face, say,of a Stevensonian! But Jane Austen is so different. She is my favourite author! I read and reread, the mouth open and the mind closed. Shut up in measureless content, I greet her by the name of most kind hostess, while criticism slumbers." - E M Forster

"All I want to do is make serious movies that explore social issues and turn a profit, and slip the schnitzel to Jane DePugh." - James Ellroy

"Calvin: ME TARZAN! KING OF JUNGLE! Suzy: Nice underpants. Does your mom know you're over here like this? Calvin:...I don't think Jane EVER said that to Tarzan." - Bill Watterson

"I seem to have gathered up a stray lamb in my arms: you wandered out of the fold to seek your shepherd, did you, Jane?" - Charlotte Bronte

"But then we have to leave, have to. It's always been that way, and it will always be that way, Jane. That's just.. how it works" - James Patterson

"Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done." - Jane Austen

"I am happier than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh. Mr. Darcy sends you all the love in the world, that he can spare from me." - Jane Austen

"Jane Austen may not be the best writer, but she certainly writes about the best people. And by that I mean people just like me." - Anna Quindlen

"The spirit of Jane Eyre looms over Once Upon a Day. Lisa Tucker keeps the plot of this gothic novel bubbling with tons of juicy family secrets." - Stewart O'Nan

"Thank you, Jane Birkin, for providing me with infinite outfit ideas and the confidence to dress like a boy but act like a girl." - Alexa Chung

"Jane Austen can in fact get more drama out of morality than most other writers can get from shipwreck, battle, murder, or mayhem." - Ronald Blythe

"You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were." - J D Salinger

"I loved him very much - more than I could trust myself to say - more than words had power to express." - Jane Eyre" - Charlotte Bronte

"Jane, I never meant to wound you thus...Will you ever forgive me?" Reader, I forgave him at the moment and on the spot." - Charlotte Bronte

"Now I was more certain than ever of my decision. I could not love a man who did not love Jane Austen." - Deanna Raybourn

"You are Spider-Man!" she exclaimed. Simon glanced down from his perch halfway up the pillar. "That makes you Mary Jane. She has red hair," - Cassandra Clare

"You are Spider-Man!" she exclaimed. Simon glanced down from his perch halfway up the pillar. "That makes you Mary Jane. She has red hair," - Cassandra Clare

"Quing-Jao: I am a slave to the gods, and I rejoice in it. Jane: A slave who rejoices is a slave indeed." - Orson Scott Card

"I wish you could be kissed, Jane,' he said. 'Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this.' He flailed an arm toward the stars." - Maggie Stiefvater

"My bride is here,' he said, again drawing me to him, 'because my equal is here, and my likeness. Jane, will you marry me?" - Charlotte Bronte

"Who would not spout the family teapot in order to talk with Keats for an hour about poetry, or with Jane Austen about the art of fiction?" - Virginia Woolf

"Jane Austen we know never let two men converse alone in any novel because what they said would be unknown to her." - Jane Gardam

"Jane-Sweetie, we've talked about your weight-" my mother began. I'm only eight years old," I said. "How about I promise to be anorexic later?" - James Patterson

"The art and passion of reading well and deeply is waning, but [Jane] Austen still inspires people to become fanatical readers." - Harold Bloom

"Last dance with Mary Jane One more time to kill the pain I feel summer creepin' in and I'm Tired of this town again" - Tom Petty

"You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether or not anyone says a word. She enters into her characters thoughts with great understanding and depth." - Richard Russo

"Tarzan is direct; he doesn't ask Jane if they might have a meaningful relationship or if they can get together for lunch sometime." - Richard Kahn, Baron Kahn

"To Jane Jacob's three traditional urban values of civic space, human scale and diversity, the current environmental imperative adds two more: conservation and regionalism." - Peter Calthorpe

"He turned away; he threw himself on his face on the sofa. 'Oh, Jane! my hope - my love - my life!' broke in anguish from his lips." - Charlotte Bronte

"Praying's not going to help. Too late for that, Jane...I gave you a chance to have it on your terms. Now we'll do this on mine" - J.R. Ward

"She had gradually changed her name. "Jane" was too dull. Last year, she'd added a "y", becoming Jayne, which had more personality." - Caroline B Cooney

"Not to be confused with Spider-Man's other girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, who is a skank and doesn't love him like I do." - Emma Stone

"Every housemaid expects at least once a week as much excitement as would have lasted a Jane Austen heroine throughout a whole novel." - Bertrand Russell

"I would love to do a sweeping romantic period drama, like Jane Eyre. That would be my dream. It's always been my dream, as far as acting." - Chloe Sevigny

"Jane Austin was a complete and most sensible lady, but a very incomplete and rather insensible (not senseless) woman. If this is heresy, I cannot help it." - Charlotte Bronte

"To Jane Jacob's three traditional urban values of civic space, human scale and diversity, the current environmental imperative adds two more: conservation and regionalism." - Peter Calthorpe

"There's a history of English literature where the best boils to the top, and Jane Austen stands right at the top of that." - Jj Feild

"I don't want to call the show [ "Mary and Jane" ] a satire because it is not, but there are satirical elements." - Harry Elfont

"It is just fun to play with [in "Mary and Jane"]. I think our sense of humor tends to go that way." - Harry Elfont

"I don't think we had a hard time with ["Mary and Jane"]. It is just, it was the constant management of it." - Harry Elfont

"We ["Mary and Jane"] did not want to be a weed show, like it is a bunch of people sitting around smoking." - Harry Elfont

"There is an episode [in "Mary and Jane"] where there is not a lot of pot smoking, but there is a giant wall of weed in their apartment." - Harry Elfont

"Part of being a sentient human is the ability to anticipate others' mental states - to say "Fred's going to hate this but Jane would love it."" - Neal Stephenson

"Because I had grown up with Jane Austen novels and period dramas, I was very familiar with that period and that world." - Gugu Mbatha-Raw

"One of Edward's Mistresses was Jane Shore, who has had a play written about her, but it is a tragedy and therefore not worth reading." - Jane Austen

"Bunches of grapes, says Timothy; Pomegranates pink, says Elaine; A junket of cream and a cranberry tart For me, says Jane." - Walter De La Mare

"Be aware of wonder. And then remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK." - Robert Fulghum

"[Jane] Roe has made it not only possible, but has found it constitutional to kill a whole class of people, simply because of their genetic make-up." - Sam Brownback

"Finally, he knew the kind of loving that made two one and understood Jane was his world. His ocean, his country, his sun, his rain, his very heart." - Karen Marie Moning

"Jane! will you hear reason?' (he stooped and approached his lips to my ear) 'because, if you won't, I'll try violence." - Charlotte Bronte

"Responsible for wrapping the iron fist of authority in its velvet glove is Jane Axtell, head of the accountancy firm's Human Resources department." - Alain De Botton

"Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it." - Mark Twain

"I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered - and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.' - Jane Eyre" - Charlotte Bronte

"Jane Austen easily used half a page describing someone else's eyes; she would not appreciate summarizing her reading tastes in ten titles." - Tracy Chevalier

"Aunt Jane observed, the second time She tumbled off a bus, 'The step is short from the Sublime To the Ridiculous." - Harry Graham

"It's very difficult to get your ideas to Hollywood if you're the average Joe or Jane. An agent wouldn't bother with you." - Bruce Nash

"I actually didn't like Jane Austen. I was more into the Brontes. They were so wild and passionate. I thought there was something a bit tame about Austen." - Frances Oconnor

"Jane leaned back against the counter and stared at the ceiling. At the traditional location of God, no matter what the planet." - C J Cherryh



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