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Charlotte Bronte
English novelist

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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.
-- Jane Eyre, (2nd ed., 1848), preface

As his curate, his comrade, all would be right... There would be recesses in my mind which would be only mine, to which he never came; and sentiments growing there, fresh and sheltered, which his austerity could never blight, nor his measured warrior-march trample down. But as his wife... forced to keep the fire of my nature continually low, to compel it to burn inwardly and never utter a cry ... this would be unendurable.
-- Jane Eyre (1847), 14

Reader, I married him.
-- Jane Eyre (1847), 38

Life, believe, is not a dream,
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day!
-- "Life"

Had I been in anything inferior to him, he would not have hated me so thoroughly, but I knew all that he knew, and, what was worse, he suspected that I kept the padlock of silence on mental wealth in which he was no sharer.
-- The Professor (___),4

Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life.
-- The Professor (___), 19

Of late years an abundant shower of curates has fallen upon the North of England.
-- Shirley (1849), 1

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.
-- Shirley (1849), 2

Be a governess! Better be a slave at once!
-- Shirley (1849), 13

Alfred and I intended to be married in this way almost from the first; we never meant to be spliced in the humdrum way of other people.
-- Villette, 42

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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