9 Rules to Live By - Jane Austen Style

234 years ago, today...Jane Austen was born. It's no secret that my world would be vastly different were it not for Aunt Jane...and so, in honor of her birthday, I give you, 9 Rules to Live By...Jane Austen-Style:

1. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. - Mansfield Park 

2. Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. - Mansfield Park

3. One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. - Persuasion

4. Selfishness must always be forgiven...because there is no hope of a cure. - Mansfield Park

5. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. - Pride & Prejudice

6. Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. - Northanger Abbey

7. Encouragement should be given. - Emma

8. It is such a happiness when good people get together--and they always do. - Emma

9. Know your own happiness. - Sense & Sensibility

Happy birthday, Jane.