Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. (Pride and Prejudice)
She meant to urge him to persevere in the hope of being loved in time, and of having his addresses most kindly received at the end of about ten years’ happy marriage. (Mansfield Park)
I cannot easily resolve on anything so serious as Marriage; especially as I am not at present in want of money, and might perhaps, till the old Gentleman’s death, be very little benefited by the match. (Lady Susan)
I’m always pleased, therefore, when I come across a line that is both memorable and inspiring, such as this one, from a letter to Cassandra in 1815, when their brother Henry was unwell and Jane was concerned about the uncertainties of his illness:
We must think the best & hope the best & do the best. (November 26, 1815)
What more can anyone do?"