Jane Austen Pickup Lines

So, I felt kind of bad for some of the slamming on Jane Austen that got published in this blog, thanks to quotes from Mark Twain and William Faulkner. Well, dead men, I happen to like the perspective that Ms. Austen’s work offers.

Since I do enjoy Jane Austen’s novels, I decided to do a blog dedicated to lines from her work that can be used as pickup lines, which isn’t as easy as it sounds (despite romance being a main theme in all of her works).

So read on, and enjoy, test these lines out, and let me know if they work for you.

My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. – Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Yes, I had to have a Pride and Prejudice quote in here, and this one is great. This quote is not only good for, content wise, what it says (because, seriously, how can someone not like someone confessing that they are both admired and loved. I like that.) but also for the fact that Mr. Darcy said it, and tons of female Jane Austen fans will recognize this line and just adore the fact that it was used on them. File this one away for any girl reading a book and try it out first.

You pierce my soul. I’m am half agony, half hope. – Captain Wentworth, Persuasion

Do I NEED to justify this one? It’s brilliant. Austen knows how to write what women want to hear–and honestly, I feel that if a girl said this to a guy he’d be in shock and then totally into it. I might test that one out.

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. – Mr. Knightley, Emma

This makes up for shyness and awkward silences for certain. If it’s a firstish date, however, try replacing “loved” with “liked” as to not be a creeper.

Till this moment, I never knew myself – Jane, Pride and Prejudice

While this quote does not immediately jump off the page as overly romantic or pickup-lineish, inflection makes a huge difference. If this line is delivered right, it’s a gold mine of interest from the opposite gender.

I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours. – Edward Ferrars, Sense and Sensibility

Besides Sense and Sensibility being my favorite Jane Austen novel (it reminds me of my younger sister and me), this line is included because it’s a damn good line.

Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart. – Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

While, in the book, this line follows a chiding, the line itself can be used as a great opening to a conversation. Best of all, it’s a line the ladies can use and direct it towards their desired object of choice.

One word from you will silence me forever. – Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

What can I say? Mr. Darcy is full of good lines.

Every moment has its pleasures and its hopes. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

I feel like this line would work best with a drink in hand being offered to the receiver of this line.

Why not seize the pleasure at once? – How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! – Frank Churchill, Emma

You said it, Frank! This is…well, use your imagination with this one.

Good luck and happy hunting, all you single blog readers out there.

– Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.
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