Quote of the Week // 50th Week

Quote of the Week - 50th Week Simply Megan Joy Blog

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was the renowned British author of Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abby, and more, all of which have been adapted into numerous films or tv series’. Austen died at age 41 of what we believe to be Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Only after her death did her literary works become so universally popular.

It is a sad thought, but true. After years of constant life, it may seem as though we are quickly skidding across time doing many little and frivolous things of no great importance. Yes, there are moments and events that break up this feeling of continuous life and trivial tasks, but the succession of “busy nothings” we execute daily can pull us into a gloomy lull, and I think that this happens to everyone, whether we realize it or not.

My suggestion is; go back to the basics. Focus on what matters. This day, this moment. Pick the top ten things that matter to you, and stick by them. Make a list of things that matter, and another list of things that you could let go of for now to get back on track.

Let not our days be filled with little nothings and useless tasks, but be helpful, useful, and productive. Let’s get back to the simple basics and keep close the things that matter.


Do you like Austen books or movies better?

Do you find that life has turned into a succession of busy nothings?

Do you plan to go back to the basics?


Megan Joy

13 thoughts on “Quote of the Week // 50th Week

  1. And yet, here’s an encouraging thought: sometimes it is the little things that give life its greatest joy and meaning. Love Austen. I’m a huge fan of her books, but there are a number of film versions of her work that are excellent. Great post, Megan!

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    1. I do believe that you’re right! The little things can be so important and bring us so much joy.

      What’s your favorite Austen film? I’ve been trying to find them online to watch, and eventually wish to see them all. Which one would you suggest first?
      ~ Megan Joy


  2. My friend Rachel, her blog on WordPress is called The Buttercup Lamb, she recently wrote a post about Austen. I find the timing fitting. 🙂

    I debate on continuing reading Emma. It is very dry with the tedious conversations (I had the same issue with Jane Eyre, but I like Jane Eyre, though I couldn’t complete Wuthering Heights a second time yet. But that’s with the Brontes.) I’ve been advised to read Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice, as they seem to be easier. Rachel told me once she watched the movies a couple of times it helped her read the books.

    I want to like Austen’s work. 🙂 I admire her as a writer.

    Love your take-home message. We need to focused on what matters.

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    1. I’m must go read her post on The Buttercup Lamb, then! Thanks for telling me about it!

      I can see what you mean by the “tedious conversations.” I find them hard to follow. I think I’ll read Pride and Prejudice as my next Austen book, and I’m hoping it’s not like you say Emma is, by being too wordy. I’ll give it a try though! 🙂

      Thanks for reading, as always!
      ~ Megan Joy

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  3. Hello! I am new to your blog and I just wanted to say, I love it! Jane Austen is amazing, I am currently reading Persuasion, and so far it’s really good! Thank you for sharing this quote!

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