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    12 Pieces Of Advice For Twenty-Something Women From Jane Austen Novels

    Sure, she lived 200 years ago, but Jane Austen still knows what she's talking about.

    1. "'What is passable in youth is detestable in later age.'" (Emma)

    2. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." (Pride and Prejudice)

    3. "She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet." (Persuasion)

    4. "'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.'" (Northanger Abbey)

    5. "'There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.'" (Sense and Sensibility)

    6. "Her mind was all disorder. The past, present, future, every thing was terrible." (Mansfield Park)

    7. "'If there is any thing disagreeable going on, men are always sure to get out of it.'" (Persuasion)

    8. "'Mama, 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!'" (Sense and Sensibility)

    9. "'...there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten a woman had better show more affection than she feels.'" (Pride and Prejudice )

    10. "'A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid!...but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else.'" (Emma)

    11. "'I think it ought not to be set down as certain that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.'" (Mansfield Park)

    12. "To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of 26 and 18 is to do pretty well;" (Northanger Abbey)