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CHARLOTTE BRONTE QUOTES

English novelist (1816-1855)

Charlotte Bronte quote

Remorse is the poison of life.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

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.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

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.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily
Enjoy them as they fly!

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell

No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. What does such advice mean? Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure. Happiness is a glory shining far down upon us out of Heaven. She is a divine dew which the soul, on certain of its summer mornings, feels dropping upon it from the amaranth bloom and golden fruitage of Paradise.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

I describe imperfect characters. Every character in this book will be found to be more or less imperfect, my pen refusing to draw anything in the model line.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Shirley

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, attributed, The Life of Charlotte Bronte (Elizabeth Gaskell)

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.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Liberty lends us her wings and Hope guides us by her star.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

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I would always rather be happy than dignified.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Old maids like the houseless and unemployed poor, should not ask for a place and an occupation in the world: the demand disturbs the happy and the rich.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Shirley

I don't think, sir, that you have a 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.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

My bride is here ... because my equal is here, and my likeness.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Shirley

If there are words and wrongs like knives, whose deep inflicted lacerations never heal - cutting injuries and insults of serrated and poison-dripping edge - so, too, there are consolations of tone too fine for the ear not fondly and for ever to retain their echo: caressing kindnesses - loved, lingered over through a whole life, recalled with unfaded tenderness, and answering the call with undimmed shine, out of that raven cloud foreshadowing Death himself.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, attributed, Complete Novels of the Bronte Sisters

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, The Professor

Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

I believe in some blending of hope and sunshine sweetening the worst lots. I believe that this life is not all; neither the beginning nor the end. I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

Life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, The Letters of Charlotte Bronte

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

The cool peace and dewy sweetness of the night filled me with a mood of hope: not hope on any definite point, but a general sense of encouragement and heart-ease.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Jane Eyre

To see and know the worst is to take from Fear her main advantage.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, Villette

Enjoy the blessings Heaven bestows,
Assist his friends, forgive his foes;
Trust God, and keep his statutes still,
Upright and firm, through good and ill;
Thankful for all that God has given,
Fixing his firmest hopes on heaven;
Knowing that earthly joys decay,
But hoping through the darkest day.

CHARLOTTE BRONTE, "Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas"

Charlotte Bronte Monologues - a collection of monologues from her novels.

Charlotte Bronte Poems - a collection of her poetry.

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


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