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  • A child cannot quarrel with it's elders, as I had done-cannot give its furious feelings uncontrolled play, as I had given mine-without experiencing afterwards the pang of remorse and the chill of reaction.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits: that world is around us, for it is everywhere; and those spirits watch us, for they are commissioned to gaurd us; and if we were dying in pain and shame, if scorn smote us on all sides, and hatred crushed us, angels see our tortures, recognize our innocence, and God waits ony a speration of spirit from flesh to crown us with a full reward.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Friends always forget those whom fortune forsakes.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • I am only bound to invoke Memory where I know her responses will possess some degree of interest.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • I ever wished to look as well as I could, and to please as much as my want of beauty would permit. I sometimes regretted that I was not handsomer; I sometimes wished to have rosy cheeks, a straight nose, and small cherry mouth; I desired to be tall, stately, and finely developed in figure; I felt it a misfortune that I was so little, so pale, and had features so irregular and so marked.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")


  • I only want an easy mind, sir; not crushed by crowded obligations.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • If he does go, the change will be doleful. Suppose he should be absent spring, summer, and autumn: how joyless sunshine and fine days will seem!
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force!
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • So you shun me? - you shut yourself up and grieve alone! I would rather you had come and upbraided me with vehemence. You are passionate: I expected a scene of some kind. I was prepared for the hot rain of tears; only I wanted them to be shed on my breast: now a senseless floor has received them, or your drenched handkerchief. But I err: you have not wept at all! I see a white cheek and faded eye, but no trace of tears. I suppose, then, that your heart has been weeping blood?
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • What good it would have done me at that time to have been tossed in the storms of an uncertain struggling like, and to have been taught by rough and bitter experience to long for the calm amidst which I now repined!
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Your station is in my heart, and on the necks of those who would insult you.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • 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")

  • A deal of people, Miss, are for trusting all to Providence; but I say Providence will not dispense with the means, though He often blesses them when they are used discreetly.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")

  • Bessie asked if I would have a book: the word book acted as a transient stimulus, and I begged her to fetch Gulliver's Travels from the library. This book I had again and again perused with delight.
    (Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre")


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