Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.
Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855)
Source: Shirley, 1849.
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Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
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.
Source: Preface to Wuthering Heights, 1849.
If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.
Source: Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, ch. 14, 1847.
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 there, firm as weeds among stones.
Source: Jane Eyre, ch. 29, 1847.
Life is so constructed that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.
Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
Source: Jane Eyre, ch. 21, 1847.
Fortune is proverbially called changeful, yet her caprice often takes the form of repeating again and again a similar stroke of luck in the same quarter.
Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.
Spoken to her husband of nine months, Rev. Arthur Nicholls. Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.
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