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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 Brontë

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CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Monsieur, if a wife's nature loathes that of the man she is wedded to, marriage must be slavery. Aga...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the mor...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, ...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Good-night, my-" He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madn...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and ab...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
There are certain phrases potent to make my blood boil -- improper influence! What old woman's cackl...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force!
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I smiled: I thought to myself Mr. Rochester is peculiar — he seems to forget that he pays me £30 ...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me wh...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Tell me, now, fairy as you are, - can't you give me a charm, or a philter, or something of that sort...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I thank my Maker, that in the midst of judgment he has remembered mercy. I humbly entreat my Redeeme...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
And your will shall decide your destiny," he said: "I offer you my hand, my heart, and a share of al...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Evening Solace

The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sea...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
You know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections: There is nothing like it in this world.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tigh...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Now, I've another errand for you,' said my untiring master; "you must away to my room again. What a ...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I Believe she thought I had forgotten my station; and yours, sir.'

'Station! Station!-- y...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
When once more alone, I reviewed the information I had got; looked into my heart, examined its thoug...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
His presence in a room was more cheering than the brightest fire.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Have you heard from his lordship lately?” I asked.

“Oh no! About six months ago I had...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
This night is not calm; the equinox still struggles in its storms. The wild rains of the day are aba...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, w...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
A strong, vague persuasion that it was better to go forward than backward, and that I could go forwa...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
“A pit full of fire.”
“And should you lik...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
The charm of variety there was not, nor the excitement of incident; but I liked peace so well, and s...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Her book has perhaps been a good one; it has refreshed, refilled, rewarmed her heart; it has set her...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Spring drew on...and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the ...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitt...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
He that is low need fear no fall.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
...there were two gentleman seated by it talking in French;impossible to follow their rapid utteranc...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
. . . for if we rarely taste the fulness of joy in this life, we yet more rarely savor the acrid bit...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
. . . still we are none of us perfect . . .
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Qué terrible esfuerzo de dejar aquello que queremos
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I held a brief debate with myself as to whether I should change my ordinary attire for something sma...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Pero cuando el dolor termina el recuerdo que queda a veces se transforma en placer
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I verily believe all that is desirable on earth--wealth, reputation, love--will for ever to you be t...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
No man likes to acknowledge that he has made a mistake in the choice of his profession, and every ma...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy an...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Signs may be but the sympathies of nature with man.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
~Do you like him much?
~I told you I like him a little. Where is the use of caring for him so v...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
You are going, Jane?"

"I am going, sir."

"You are leaving me?"

"Yes...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I must not forget that these coarsely-clad little peasants are of flesh and blood as good as the sci...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Jane, my little darling (so I will call you, for so you are), you don't know what you are talking ab...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
You are no ruin sir--no lighting-struck tree: you are green and vigorous. Plants will grow about you...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I doubt if I have made the best use of all my calamities. Soft, amiable natures they would have refi...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Friends always forget those whom fortune forsakes.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your prese...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish ...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my b...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of br...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
It is a long way off, sir"
"From what Jane?"
"From England and from Thornfield: and ___" CHARLOTTE BRONTë
It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may ...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
It is a pity that doing one's best does not always answer.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë