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Because the road is rough and long,
Shall we despise the skylark's song?

ANNE BRONTE, Views of Life

It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.


All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.


If you would have your son to walk honourably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them - not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone.

ANNE BRONTE, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

What shall I do, if all my love,
My hopes, my toil, are cast away,
And if there be no God above,
To hear and bless me when I pray?

ANNE BRONTE, The Doubter's Prayer

If we can only speak to slander our betters, let us hold our tongues.

ANNE BRONTË, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

But he that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.

ANNE BRONTË, "The Narrow Way"

But smiles and tears are so alike with me, they are neither of them confined to any particular feelings: I often cry when I am happy, and smile when I am sad.

ANNE BRONTË, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

It is a troublesome thing, Halford, this susceptibility to affronts where none are intended.

ANNE BRONTË, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Anne Bronte Poems - a collection of her poetry.

Anne Bronte Bibliography - a bibliography, including list of critical resources.


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