“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Fanny Price, Mansfield Park


“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.”


“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint.”

Sophia, Love and Friendship

“I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love.”

Emma Woodhouse, Emma


“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.”

Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

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

Elizabeth Bennet on Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility

Maine in the Time of Jane Austen

Although Jane Austen was born one year before the American Revolution and died three years before Maine became a state in 1820, visitors to Maine can find traces of a Regency style in a number of buildings that would be recognizable to Austen herself. Before the Revolution, Maine’s pine forests supplied crucial material for the British navy. And Americans in the late 18th and early 19th century still copied English style in many matters of taste—in building styles, garden design, dress, and reading. JASNA-Maine offers a brief gallery depicting key historic sites and building styles of Austen’s era. For more information about each photo, click on the image.