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No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"

"They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.

"And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"

"A pit full of fire."

"And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"

"No, sir."

"What must you do to avoid it?"

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.


Charlotte Brontë

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My spirits were excited, and with pleasure and ease I talked to him during supper, and for a long ti...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself,
than to commit a...
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I loved him very much - more than I could trust myself to say - more than words had power to express...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
He was the first to recognise me, and to love what he saw.
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I knew you would do me good in some way, at some time--I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I have heard of daydreams – is she in a daydream now? Her eyes are fixed on the floor, but I am su...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
When we are struck at without reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should - s...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Children can feel, but they cannot analyse their feelings; and if the analysis is partially effected...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Human beings never enjoy complete happiness in this world. I was not born for a different destiny to...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Ändå bar Helen Burns just då armbindeln som utpekar "den slarviga". En knappt timme tidigare hade...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
-...tiene frío porque se encuentra sola; no hay contacto que despierte el fuego que tiene dentro. E...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
Gratitude is a divine emotion. It fills the heart, not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever. I...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I believe in that goodly mansion, his heart, he kept one little place under the skylights where Lucy...
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
I believe that creature is a changeling: she is a perfect cabinet of oddities.
CHARLOTTE BRONTë
You, sir, are the most phantom-like of all; you are a mere dream
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Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its ...
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...
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I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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. . . for if we rarely taste the fulness of joy in this life, we yet more rarely savor the acrid bit...
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. . . still we are none of us perfect . . .
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Qué terrible esfuerzo de dejar aquello que queremos
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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...
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I doubt if I have made the best use of all my calamities. Soft, amiable natures they would have refi...
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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.
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