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Charlotte Brontë Quotes
Women's Voices: Quotations by Women
Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis
Quotation: Life appears to me to be too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.
Quotation: If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship we must love friends for their sake rather than our own.
Quotation: We only suffer reality to suggest, never to dictate.

(letter: about writing Shirley)

Quotation: Be a governess! Better be a slave at once!
Quotation: Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.
Quotation: 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 rocks.
Quotation: Reader, I married him.
Quotation: The soul fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious, but still a truthful interpreter - in the eye.
Quotation: 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?

(1835)

Quotation: An abundant shower of curates has fallen upon the north of England.
Quotation: Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer...it is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.
Quotation: About Charlotte Brontë, by James Lorimer, 1849:

If these remarkable works are the productions of a woman we shall only say she must be a woman pretty nearly unsexed.

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