Jane Austen quote about love from Sense and Sensibility - I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem and love.
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I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem and love.
 Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811). copy citation

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Author Jane Austen
Source Sense and Sensibility
Topic love esteem
Date 1811
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21839/21839-h/21839-h.htm

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“"I think you will like him," said Elinor, "when you know more of him."
"Like him!" replied her mother with a smile. "I feel no sentiment of approbation inferior to love."
"You may esteem him."
"I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem and love."
Mrs. Dashwood now took pains to get acquainted with him. Her manners were attaching, and soon banished his reserve. She speedily comprehended all his merits; the persuasion of his regard for Elinor perhaps assisted her penetration; but she really felt assured of his worth: and even that quietness of manner, which militated against all her established ideas of what a young man's address ought to be, was no longer uninteresting when she knew his heart to be warm and his temper affectionate.” source

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