Do anything rather than marry without affection.
– Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 59. Wondering if Elizabeth really loves Darcy enough, Jane advises her sister to never marry without affection. Jane believes that the primary reason for getting married should be love. This echoes Jane Austen’s own advice to her niece Fanny, whom she once told in a letter: "Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection."