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141 Inspiring Quotes by Charlotte Bronte

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Wikipedia Summary for Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë (, commonly ; 21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels became classics of English literature.

She enlisted in school at Roe Head in January 1831, aged 14 years. She left the year after to teach her sisters, Emily and Anne, at home, returning in 1835 as a governess. In 1839 she undertook the role as governess for the Sidgwick family but left after a few months to return to Haworth where the sisters opened a school, but failed to attract pupils. Instead, they turned to writing and they each first published in 1846 under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Although her first novel, The Professor, was rejected by publishers, her second novel, Jane Eyre, was published in 1847. The sisters admitted to their Bell pseudonyms in 1848, and by the following year were celebrated in London literary circles.

Brontë was the last to die of all her siblings. She became pregnant shortly after her marriage in June 1854 but died on 31 March 1855, almost certainly from hyperemesis gravidarum, a complication of pregnancy which causes excessive nausea and vomiting.

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

--Charlotte Brontë



yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

Great pains were taken to hide chains with flowers.

--Charlotte Brontë

aerial photography of forest

To talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking.

--Charlotte Brontë




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Good fortune opens the hand as well as the heart wonderfully; and to give somewhat when we have largely received, but to afford a vent to the unusual ebullition of the sensations.

--Charlotte Brontë


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I loved him very much -- more than I could trust myself to say -- more than words had power to express." -- Jane Eyre.

--Charlotte Brontë

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

Friends always forget those whom fortune forsakes.

--Charlotte Brontë

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Prodigious was the amount of life I lived that morning.

--Charlotte Brontë


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If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

--Charlotte Brontë

white sand

Mr. Rochester, I no more assign this fate to you than I grasp at it for myself. We were born to strive and endure -- you as well as I: do so. You will forget me before I forget you.

--Charlotte Brontë

green ceramic mug beside book

But afterwards, is there nothing more for me in life -- no true home -- nothing to be dearer to me than myself?

--Charlotte Brontë

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

If there is one notion I hate more than another, it is that of marriage -- I mean marriage in the vulgar, weak sense, as a mere matter of sentiment.

--Charlotte Brontë

purple flowers

Alas! never had I loved him so well!

--Charlotte Brontë


gray surface

Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.

--Charlotte Brontë

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If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.

--Charlotte Brontë

bare tree on mountain during sunset

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.

--Charlotte Brontë

bird on pier

Whatever my powers -- feminine or the contrary -- God had given them, and I felt resolute to be ashamed of no faculty of his bestowal.

--Charlotte Brontë




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Too often do reviewers remind us of the mob of Astrologers, Chaldeans, and Soothsayers gathered before 'the writing on the wall' and unable to read the characters or make known the interpretation.

--Charlotte Brontë

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Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.

--Charlotte Brontë

city lights from hill

It is a long way off, sir" "From what Jane?" "From England and from Thornfield: and ___" "Well?" "From you, sir.

--Charlotte Brontë


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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.

--Charlotte Brontë

Longer Version:

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.



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Men, in general, are a sort of scum, very different to anything of which you have an idea.

--Charlotte Brontë


brown and gray floral textile

Jane! will you hear reason?' (he stooped and approached his lips to my ear) 'because, if you won't, I'll try violence.

--Charlotte Brontë



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The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that, at times, strangely wills and works for itself.

--Charlotte Brontë

two women walking on bridge during daytime

Mademoiselle is a fairy," he said, whispering mysteriously.

--Charlotte Brontë

grassland landscape

Let your performance do the thinking.

--Charlotte Brontë

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

--Charlotte Brontë

brown grass field during daytime

Your station is in my heart, and on the necks of those who would insult you.

--Charlotte Brontë

green-leafed trees during daytime

Tact, if it be genuine, never sleeps.

--Charlotte Brontë


sunset

Her coming was my hope each day, Her parting was my pain; The chance that did her steps delay Was ice in every vein.

--Charlotte Brontë


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Jane, my little darling (so I will call you, for so you are), you don't know what you are talking about; you misjudge me again: it is not because she is mad I hate her. If you were mad, do you think I should hate you?

--Charlotte Brontë

city lights from hill

I like this day; I like that sky of steel; I like the sternness and stillness of the world under this frost.

--Charlotte Brontë



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Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.

--Charlotte Brontë

green and white painted wall

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

--Charlotte Brontë



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Of late years an abundant shower of curates has fallen upon the North of England.

--Charlotte Brontë

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Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits: that world is round us, for it is everywhere.

--Charlotte Brontë

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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 Brontë


purple lavender flower

Sir,' I interrupted him, 'you are inexorable for that unfortunate lady; you speak of her with hate -- - with vindictive antipathy. It is cruel -- - she cannot help being mad.

--Charlotte Brontë

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It did not seem as if a prop were withdrawn, but rather as if a motive were gone: it was not the power to be tranquil which had failed me, but the reason for tranquility was no more.

--Charlotte Brontë

toddlers standing outdoors

There is, in lovers, a certain infatuation of egotism; they will have a witness of their happiness, cost that witness what it may.

--Charlotte Brontë

brown violin with black background

I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?

--Charlotte Brontë

green forest during daytime

Better to be without logic than without feeling.

--Charlotte Brontë

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I scorn your idea of love,' I could not help saying, as I rose up and stood before him, leaning my back against the rock. 'I scorn the counterfeit sentiment you offer: yes, St. John, and I scorn you when you offer it.

--Charlotte Brontë

orange moon during nighttime

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.

--Charlotte Brontë



There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.

--Charlotte Brontë

Longer Version:

There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort. There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.


green fruit in macro lens photography

You are afraid of me, because I talk like a sphinx.

--Charlotte Brontë

people raises hands

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

--Charlotte Brontë


yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

You know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections; there is nothing like it in this world.

--Charlotte Brontë

white and gray cat

Adversity is a good school.

--Charlotte Brontë



worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

The man of regular life and rational mind never despairs.

--Charlotte Brontë

top view photography of heart latte coffee

I tired of the routine of eight years in one afternoon.

--Charlotte Brontë

woman standing on forest

True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire where-ever I see it.

--Charlotte Brontë

yellow and white painted wall

Youth has its romance, and maturity its wisdom, as morning and spring have their freshness, noon and summer their power, night and winter their repose. Each attribute is good in its own season.

--Charlotte Brontë


red flame

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.

--Charlotte Brontë


low angle view of blue clouds

My rest might have been blissful enough, only a sad heart broke it.

--Charlotte Brontë

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I mentally shake hands with you for your answer, despite its inaccuracy." Mr. Rochester.

--Charlotte Brontë

Arizona landscape

It is in 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.

--Charlotte Brontë


ocean

I Believe she thought I had forgotten my station; and yours, sir.' 'Station! Station! -- your station is in my heart, and on the necks of those who would insult you, now or hereafter.

--Charlotte Brontë



white and pink plastic bottles

The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator.

--Charlotte Brontë

foggy mountains

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.

--Charlotte Brontë

beach during daytime

'My bride is here,' Rochester said , again drawing me to him, 'because my equal is here, and my likeness. Jane, will you marry me?'

--Charlotte Brontë

two gray pencils on yellow surface

Rochester: I am to take mademoiselle to the moon, and there I shall seek a cave in one of the white valleys among the volcano-tops, and mademoiselle shall live with me there, and only me.

--Charlotte Brontë


purple and white clouds during night time

I don't call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you. Don't flatter me.

--Charlotte Brontë

sunset

The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed.

--Charlotte Brontë

golden retriever inside car

I can but die... and I believe in God. Let me try and wait His will in silence.

--Charlotte Brontë


sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones.

--Charlotte Brontë

four person standing beside wall

I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep.

--Charlotte Brontë

man and woman in cowboy hat

You mocking changeling- fairy-born and human-bred!

--Charlotte Brontë



photography of white sky at golden hour

After a youth and manhood passed half in unutterable misery and half in dreary solitude, I have for the first time found what I can truly love -- I have found you.

--Charlotte Brontë

black bird

It is always the way of events in this life,...no sooner have you got settled in a pleasant resting place, than a voice calls out to you to rise and move on, for the hour of repose is expired.

--Charlotte Brontë

purple flowers

Conventionality is not morality.

--Charlotte Brontë

Longer Version:

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


sunset

Remorse is the poison of life.

--Charlotte Brontë

leafless tree under gray sky

There are not unfrequently substantial reasons underneath for customs that appear to us absurd; and if I were ever again to find myself amongst strangers, I should be solicitous to examine before I condemned.

--Charlotte Brontë

adobe wall

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.

--Charlotte Brontë



sunset

Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force!

--Charlotte Brontë

high-angle photography of beach side

We wove a web in childhood, A web of sunny air; We dug a spring in infancy Of water pure and fair; We sowed in youth a mustard seed, We cut an almond rod; We are now grown up to riper age— Are they withered in the sod?

--Charlotte Brontë


person on road at sunset

But solitude is sadness.' 'Yes; it is sadness. Life, however, has worse than that. Deeper than melancholy lies heart-break.

--Charlotte Brontë


horse

And with that answer, he left me. I would much rather he had knocked me down.

--Charlotte Brontë

leafless tree under gray sky

Such is the imperfect nature of man! such spots are there on the disc of the clearest planet; and eyes like Miss Scatcherd's can only see those minute defects, and are blind to the full brightness of the orb.

--Charlotte Brontë

gray satellite disc on field

I was no pope -- I could not boast infallibility.

--Charlotte Brontë



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Life is still life, whatever its pangs; our eyes and ears and their use remain with us, though the prospect of what pleases be wholly withdrawn, and the sound of what consoles must be silenced.

--Charlotte Brontë

body of water near mountains

What the deuce is to do now?

--Charlotte Brontë

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Jane, I never meant to wound you thus...Will you ever forgive me?" Reader, I forgave him at the moment and on the spot.

--Charlotte Brontë


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Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.

--Charlotte Brontë

blue sky with stars during night time

A new chapter in a novel is something like a new scene in a play.

--Charlotte Brontë

American Eagles during daytime

Misery generates hate.

--Charlotte Brontë

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A beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance.

--Charlotte Brontë


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What necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer-the Future so much brighter?

--Charlotte Brontë

two gray pencils on yellow surface

Jane Eyre "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.

--Charlotte Brontë

boy and cat in front of moon

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

--Charlotte Brontë

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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 Brontë

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

I like rudeness a great deal better than flattery.

--Charlotte Brontë

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day.

--Charlotte Brontë

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.

--Charlotte Brontë

mountain summit during sunset

You, Jane, I must have you for my own -- entirely my own.

--Charlotte Brontë

moon near mountain ridge

I ask you to pass through life at my side--to be my second self, and best earthly companion.

--Charlotte Brontë



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