“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre

“If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.” – Wuthering Heights

“I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” – Villette

“The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.” – Shirley

“I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to visit you when I am grown up; and if anyone asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty.” – Jane Eyre

“You must be master of the feast, and not a feast goblin.” – Agnes Grey

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Wuthering Heights

“It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action.” – Jane Eyre

“I know no medium: I never in my life have known any medium in my dealings with positive, hard characters, antagonistic to my own, between absolute submission and determined revolt. I have always faithfully observed the one, up to the very moment of bursting, sometimes with volcanic vehemence, into the other.” – Villette

“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Bronte

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Jane Eyre

“If you ever loved me or ever will love me, you will do this for me.” – Wuthering Heights

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” – Agnes Grey

“I would penetrate the mysteries of his mind. I wanted to know what his soul was made of.” – Jane Eyre

“It is a dangerous thing to bend to the wishes of a man who cares nothing about the moral consequences of his own actions.” – Anne Bronte

“I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I would lose the string, the knot would unravel and I would have to follow you.” – Wuthering Heights

“An artist to my sensibility, is only the exponent of his age.” – The Professor

“I am happy, and contented, and I love and care for my son: and why shouldn’t I say so? I’m not ashamed of it!” – Agnes Grey

“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.” – Jane Eyre

“He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk.” – Villette

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart!” – Jane Eyre

“I am happy: you cannot conceive how happy. God knows I am.” – Shirley

“God surely did not create us, and cause us to live, with the sole end of wishing always to die. I’ve wrestled through a great deal of darkness and proven my worth to myself and have earned my usefulness.” – Agnes Grey

“I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here?” – Jane Eyre

“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.” – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“Do not be cast down. I have a secret to tell you. My life shall be yours.” – Wuthering Heights

“I could see by their eyes that they absolutely and heartily detested the charity they were bestowing.” – Jane Eyre

“If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn’t love you as much as I do in a single day.” – Wuthering Heights

“I don’t call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly. Far too dearly to flatter you. Don’t flatter me.” – Villette