Who needs agony aunts and advice columns when you can turn to the laudable pages of Jane Austen for guidance? She may have died nearly three hundred years ago, but Austen's canny observations on love, men, social standing and even fashion still resonate in the 21st Century. Gems such the recipe for a happy marriage ("a large income") and womanhood ("loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable") are liberally peppered throughout her classic tomes.
With that in mind, we've dusted down the Jane Austen classics from the Stylist bookshelf and researched sayings attributed to the writer herself, for her very best words of wisdom.
Pick your favourite quote from the gallery below.
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