Jane Rejoices

“None of us wants to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Today, December 16, is the divine Jane Austen’s birthday. She was born in 1775–just as the American Revolution began. She created a small revolution of her own with her writing, surgically revealing how the society she lived in expressed itself in hidden ways. To me, there is something joyful and playful about her wise words:

“I must keep my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”

“Oh! Write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself.”

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

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

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”

“It is very often nothing but our own vanity that decides us.”

“I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on until I am.”

“Which of all my important things shall I tell you first?”

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”

“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.”

And now, refreshed and enlivened, let’s all write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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