Quotable Pride & Prejudice

Be the first to identify them all correctly and claim your prize.

My family members routinely quote literature to each other, as well as to non-family members (who usually don’t get the connection). Pride and Prejudice is our most-quoted book.

Here are some of our favorites:

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

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2. “My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”

3. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

4. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

5. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

6. “I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.”

7. “Every savage can dance.”

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8. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

8. “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

9. “We neither of us perform to strangers.”

10. “You find great amusement in occasionally professing opinions which, in fact, are not your own.”

11. “Disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.”

12. “I was in the middle before I knew I had begun.”

13. “My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”

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14. “She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me.”

15. “In vain, I have struggled. It will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Are you able to name the character or circumstance being quoted without researching?

First reader to correctly identify all of them can claim an e-book copy of Understanding Elizabeth when it is published.

5 thoughts on “Quotable Pride & Prejudice

  1. davepear

    1) first line of the novel
    2) Lizzy talking to Col Fitzwilliam and poking at Darcy while playing the piano at Rosings
    3) Mr Bennet talking to Lizzy after Lady Catherine’s visit
    4) Lizzy in Derbyshire
    5) Lizzy after being insulted by Darcy
    6) Lizzy to Jane about Bingley
    7) Darcy to Sir William, in response to the latter’s comment about dancing being a sign of civilization
    8) Mrs Bennet, praising her own fortitude *snort*
    9) Darcy to Lizzy while she’s staying in Hunsford
    10) Darcy to Lizzy, while they’re semi-quarreling at the pianoforte at Rosings
    11) Darcy not knowing when to shut up during his first proposal to Lizzy
    12) Lizzy to Darcy after his successful second proposal
    13) Darcy to Lizzy at Netherfield
    14) Darcy to Bingley about Lizzy during the assembly, when Bingley is urging him to dance with her
    15) Darcy in his first proposal to Lizzy.

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  2. MissLaurieMay

    1) Opening line of the book
    2) Elizabeth Bennet to Fitzwilliam Darcy, when she was playing the pianoforte at Rosings
    3) Mr. Bennet to Elizabeth Bennet, after he read Mr. Collin’s letter about the rumour Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy will wed
    4) Elizabeth Bennet to her aunt Gardiner, after she is invited by the Gardiners to a tour, though the line is actually “What are YOUNG men to rocks and mountains?”
    5) Elizabeth Bennet to Charlotte Lucas, while the Bennets and Charlotte Lucas were talking about the Meryton Assembly
    6) Elizabeth Bennet to Jane Bennet, while they were talking about Mr. Bingley, after the Meryton Assembly
    7) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Sir William Lucas, during an assembly in Lucas Lodge
    8) Mrs. Bennet to Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet, after Elizabeth refused Mr. Collins
    9) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, during their stay at Rosings, while Elizabeth was playing the pianoforte
    10) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, again, during their stay at Rosings, though the line says ENJOYMENT instead of amusement
    11) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, during the Hunsford Proposal
    12) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, when Elizabeth asked him how he had fallen in love with her
    13) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, during their stay at Netherfield, while they were talking about their faults
    14) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Charles Bingley, during the Meryton Assembly
    15) Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, again, during the Hunsford Proposal

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  3. Susan Kaye

    My family does the quote game with lines from the movie, “Hitch,” and all Firefly episodes. Mostly lines by Jayne Cobb. Yup, sad, I know.

    As for the P&P quotes, what they all said above. Seriously, I buy your books. Paying it forward. Or sideways, or something.

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