Jane Austen is one of the most beloved classic authors, known for weaving together honest and engaging love stories. And among all her thought-provoking novels, perhaps no other character has captured our hearts like the strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet.
Pride and Prejudice, where Lizzy Bennet leads, is undoubtedly the most popular of Austen’s works, and the book has spawned 17 film adaptations that lure new generations of audiences each time.
11 Thought-Provoking Pride and Prejudice Quotes
Here are some of our favorite quotes from this timeless literary gem:
Right from the opening line, Austen throws us what she calls a “universally acknowledged” truth. While the idea she presents may come across to readers as absurd, it challenges us to think about our own beliefs while establishing the theme of advantageous marriages.
In Chapter 5, the girls are discussing Mr. Darcy and what they perceived as his pride. This quote offers interesting insight into how vanity and pride operate.
Through this line, delivered by Mr. Darcy in the middle of a conversation with Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth, Austen is able to insert her personal ideas about false humility.
Early in the book, Elizabeth reveals her penchant for forming quick opinions by telling Mr. Bingley that she already “understands him perfectly.” Mr. Bingley then throws this important idea at her, but the topic shifts so suddenly that we don’t think it really made its mark. If it had, it might’ve spared Elizabeth all the troubles she experiences in the rest of the book!
In Chapter 11, we witness one of the verbal sparring sessions between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. This quote sums up how they view each other at this point in the story, setting up the perfect enemies to lovers theme.
Austen is an expert at writing ironic statements. This quote was said by Miss Bingley in Chapter 11, but instead of stating an authentic love for books, it was actually meant to start up a conversation with Mr. Darcy. If you read the full scene, you’ll see that after no one responds to her comment, she ends up yawning and throwing aside her book!
But, if you would like to make a dramatic declaration about how much you love reading, this may work—just make sure you don’t say it to someone who’s actually read Pride and Prejudice!
This quote from Chapter 24 gives readers a glimpse into Elizabeth’s heart, and perhaps her disillusionment with life. If you’ve also had a similar experience, it’s easy to relate to this passage!
By this point in the book, Elizabeth Bennet harbors hatred for Mr. Darcy for the role he played in breaking up Mr. Bingley and her sister Jane, plus his poor treatment of George Wickham. Then, she receives a letter that explains his behavior, and instead of just changing her opinion of Mr. Darcy, she’s also forced to come to terms with her own character.
In this scene, the Bennet family are all astir from Lydia’s suspected marriage with George Wickham. Looks like this timeless nugget of wisdom can benefit us too!
Near the end of the book, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet again, and he gives a lengthy explanation for his former actions. But the highlight may be that he expresses humility in learning his lesson at her hands.
Fifty chapters into the story, Austen inserts this little nugget while talking about Elizabeth’s sister Lydia, who eloped with George Wickham after what seemed to be a whirlwind courtship.
What Is the Main Message of Pride and Prejudice?
Through the love story of the prideful Mr. Darcy and the quick-to-judge Elizabeth Bennet, we get a glimpse of how personal biases can stand in the way of building relationships with other people.
Jane Austen expertly weaves her characters’ thought processes into the dialogue and scenes, and also takes the characters on a journey of transformation to set their pride and prejudice aside in order to notice and appreciate each other’s better qualities.
Do Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy Get Married?
Perhaps one of the biggest questions that comes to mind when we see a potential couple with so many differences to settle is, do they ever get married?
Spoiler alert! If you are currently reading the book and don’t want to know the ending, you can stop reading now. But if you just want to know how the story ends, then by all means, scroll on.
Yes, they do get married and settle in Pemberley. Hope that satisfies you! But then again, is there really such a thing as happily ever after?
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Yen Cabag is the Blog Writer of TCK Publishing. She is also a homeschooling mom, family coach, and speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, an educational philosophy that places great emphasis on classic literature and the masterpieces in art and music. She has also written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her passion is to see the next generation of children become lovers of reading and learning in the midst of short attention spans.