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  • And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your brittle frame.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • En osaa käyttää minkäänlaista keskitietä. Ollessani tekemisissä omalle luonteelleni täysin vastakkaisten, määräävien ja kovien luonteitten kanssa olen aina joko alistunut nöyrästi tai kapinoinut vimmatusti. Joskus olen nöyrtynyt melkein katkeamispisteeseen saakka, joskus purkautunut kiihkeästi kuin tulivuori.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • His idea was still with me, because it was not a vapor sunshine could disperse, nor a sand-traced effigy storms could wash away; it was a name graven on a tablet, fated to last as long as the marble it inscribed. The craving to know what had become of him followed me everywhere.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • I could not answer the ceaseless inward question-why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of-I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • I know I must conceal my sentiments: I must smother hope; I must remember that he cannot care much for me. For when I say that I am of his kind, I do not mean that I have his force to influence, and his spell to attract: I mean only that I have certain tastes and feelings in common with him.I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered: - and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")


  • I thought of him now-in his room-watching the sunrise; hoping I should soon come to say I would stay with him and be his. I longed to be his; I panted to return; it was not too late.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • It is a pity that doing one's best does not always answer.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • My help had been needed and claimed; I had given it: I was pleased to have done something: trivial, transitory though the deed was, it was yet an active thing, and I was weary of an existence all passive.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Remorse is the poison of life.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • There is something in that, I know there is, because it does not sound too sweet; it is not like such words as Liberty, Excitement, Enjoyment; delightful sounds truly; but no more than sounds for me; and so hollow and fleeting that it is mere waste of time to listen to them.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • You have introduced a topic on which our natures are at variance -- a topic we should never discuss: the very name of love is an apple of discord between us. If the reality were required, what should we do? How should we feel? My dear cousin, abandon your scheme of marriage -- forget it.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • And with that answer, he left me. I would much rather he had knocked me down.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Hopeless of the future, I wished but this- that my Maker had that night thought good to require my soul of me while I slept; and that this weary frame, absolved by death from further conflict with fate, had now but to decay quietly, and mingle in peace with the soil of this wilderness.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • I could not help it: the restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")


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