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Charlotte Bronte Quotes

41 of the best book quotes from Charlotte Bronte
  1. #1
    “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
  2. #2
    “No sight so sad as that of a naughty child,” he began, “especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?”
    “They go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.
    “And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
    “A pit full of fire.”
    “And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”
    “No, sir.”
    “What must you do to avoid it?”
    I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: “I must keep in good health and not die.”
  3. #3
    “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
  4. #4
    “I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.”
  5. #5
    “Good-night, my-” He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”
  6. #6
    “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
  7. #7
    “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
  8. #8
    “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
  1. #9
    “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
  2. #10
    “A great deal; you are good to those who are good to you. It is all I ever desire to be. If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way; they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should - so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.”
  3. #11
    “And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your brittle frame.”
  4. #12
    “I desired more...than was within my reach. Who blames me? Many call me discontented. I couldn’t help it: the restlessness is in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes.”
  5. #13
    “It is a pity that doing one’s best does not always answer.”
  6. #14
    “Am I hideous, Jane?
    Very, sir: you always were, you know.”
  7. #15
    “Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.”
  8. #16
    “It is a long way to Ireland, Janet, and I am sorry to send my little friend on such weary travels: but if I can’t do better, how is it to be helped? Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane?”
  1. #17
    “Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.”
  2. #18
    “I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”
  3. #19
    “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
  4. #20
    “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”
  5. #21
    “I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”
  6. #22
    “I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered - and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.′
  7. #23
    “I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitments, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it’s expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.”
  8. #24
    “I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish -- but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”
  1. #25
    “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.”
  2. #26
    “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
  3. #27
    “He is not to them what he is to me,” I thought: “he is not of their kind. I believe he is of mine- I am sure he is- I feel akin to him- I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him.”
  4. #28
    “All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.”
  5. #29
    “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”
  6. #30
    “It is not violence that best overcomes hate -- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.”
  7. #31
    “I am not deceitful: if I were, I should say I loved you; but I declare I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world.”
  8. #32
    “Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
  1. #33
    “I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest -- blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine.”
  2. #34
    “Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.”
  3. #35
    “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
  4. #36
    “It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself,
    than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all
    connected with you.”
  5. #37
    “It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.”
  6. #38
    “I knew, you would do me good, in some way, at some time;- I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you: their expression and smile did not- (again he stopped)- did not (he proceeded hastily) strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing. ”
  7. #39
    “I loved him very much - more than I could trust myself to say - more than words had power to express.”
  8. #40
    “I am not an angel,′ I asserted; ‘and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.”
  9. #41
    “If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”
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