The Best Charlotte Bronte quotes

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It is no secret that Charlotte Bronte was a genius writer. What is less known, however, is the story of her remarkable life. This blog post will explore the fascinating quotes compilation of Charlotte Bronte, from her early childhood years to her tragic death.

We are glad to present you the most interesting Happiness, Love, Feelings, Human Beings, Life, World, Heart quotes from Charlotte Bronte, and much more.


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About Charlotte Bronte

birth of the author

21 April 1816

death of the author

31 March 1855

occupation of the author

Novelist, Poet, Governess

country of the author


genre of the author

Fiction, Poetry

award of the author

Notable Works:
Jane Eyre, Villette


You are human and fallible. — Charlotte Bronte

You mocking changeling–fairy–born and human–bred! — Charlotte Bronte

Strange that grief should now almost choke me, because another human being’s eye has failed to greet mine. — Charlotte Bronte

The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted. — Charlotte Bronte

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. — Charlotte Bronte

Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed but judgement untempered by Feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition. — Charlotte Bronte

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. — Charlotte Bronte

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. — Charlotte Brontë


Remorse is the poison of life. — Charlotte Bronte

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Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine. — Charlotte Bronte

Better to try all things and find all empty, than to try nothing and leave your life a blank. — Charlotte Bronte

Nay, you’ll be ashamed of me everyday of your life,’ he answered; ‘and the more ashamed, the more you know me; and I cannot bide it. — Emily BrontĂ«

But afterwards, is there nothing more for me in life–no true home–nothing to be dearer to me than myself? — Charlotte Bronte

Prodigious was the amount of life I lived that morning. — Charlotte Bronte

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The man of regular life and rational mind never despairs. — Charlotte Bronte


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If life be a war, it seemed my destiny to conduct it single–handed. — Charlotte Bronte

I ask you to pass through life at my side–to be my second self, and best earthly companion. — Charlotte Bronte

What was Charlotte Brontë famous for?

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist best known for Jane Eyre , the story of an independent young governess who overcomes hardships while remaining true to her principles.


But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well! — Charlotte Bronte

Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life. — Charlotte Bronte

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Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. — Charlotte Brontë

You have been compelled to cultivate your reflective faculties for want of occasions for frittering away your life on silly trifles. — Emily Brontë

O]ur honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine. — Charlotte Bronte

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. — Charlotte Bronte

Take my love. One day share my life. Be my dearest, first on earth. — Charlotte Bronte

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God did not give me my life to throw it away. — Charlotte Bronte

A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every page I have turned in life. — Charlotte Bronte

But solitude is sadness.’ ‘Yes; it is sadness. Life, however, has worse than that. Deeper than melancholy lies heart–break. — Charlotte Bronte

I thank my Maker, that in the midst of judgment he has remembered mercy. I humbly entreat my Redeemer to give me strength to lead henceforth a purer life than I have done hitherto. — Charlotte Bronte

I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul! — Emily Brontë

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The negation of severe suffering was the nearest approach to happiness I expected to know. Besides, I seemed to hold two lives–the life of thought, and that of reality. — Charlotte Bronte

M]y inner self moved; my spirit shook its always–fettered wings half loose. I had a sudden feeling as if I, who never yet truly lived, were at last about to taste life. — Charlotte Brontë

I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind. — Emily BrontĂ«

Hereafter she is only my sister in name; not because I disown her, but because she has disowned me. — Emily Brontë


On the contrary, I’m a universal patriot, if you could understand me rightly: my country is the world. — Charlotte Bronte

She burned too bright for this world. — Emily Brontë

You know full well as I do the value of sisters’ affections: There is nothing like it in this world. — Charlotte Bronte

You have rather the look of another world. I marvelled where you had got that sort of face. — Charlotte Bronte

Old maids like the houseless and unemployed poor, should not ask for a place and an occupation in the world: the demand disturbs the happy and the rich. — Charlotte Bronte

The entire world is a collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her. — Emily Brontë

I like this day; I like that sky of steel; I like the sternness and stillness of the world under this frost. — Charlotte Bronte

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. — Charlotte Bronte

She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too brightly for this world. — Emily Brontë

Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits: that world is round us, for it is everywhere. — Charlotte Bronte

No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. What does such advice mean? Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure. — Charlotte Bronte

You know that I could as soon forget you as my existence! — Emily Brontë


Your station is in my heart, and on the necks of those who would insult you. — Charlotte Bronte

I think I must admit so fair a guest when it asks entrance to my heart. — Charlotte Bronte

All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever. — Charlotte Bronte

There’s no use in weeping, Though we are condemned to part: There’s such a thing as keeping, A remembrance in one’s heart. — Charlotte Bronte

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I have not broken your heart–you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. — Charlotte Bronte

A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly. — Emily Brontë

What were Charlotte Brontë’s siblings’ names?

Charlotte Brontë was one of six children. Her two eldest sisters died when she was young.

She had a brother named Patrick Branwell and two sisters, Emily and Anne, who were also novelists.


The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed. — Charlotte Bronte

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I Believe she thought I had forgotten my station; and yours, sir.’ ‘Station! Station!––your station is in my heart, and on the necks of those who would insult you, now or hereafter. — Charlotte Bronte

My rest might have been blissful enough, only a sad heart broke it. — Charlotte Bronte

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I am anchored on a resolve you cannot shake. My heart, my conscience shall dispose of my hand–they only. Know this at last. — Charlotte Bronte

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. — Charlotte Bronte

Good fortune opens the hand as well as the heart wonderfully; and to give somewhat when we have largely received, but to afford a vent to the unusual ebullition of the sensations. — Charlotte Bronte

I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. — Emily Brontë

The cool peace and dewy sweetness of the night filled me with a mood of hope: not hope on any definite point, but a general sense of encouragement and heart–ease. — Charlotte Bronte

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Beauty is in the eye of the gazer. — Charlotte Bronte


It would not be wicked to love me.’ ‘It would to obey you. — Charlotte Bronte

I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered–and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.’–Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte

Love me, then, or hate me, as you will,’ I said at last, ‘you have my full and free forgiveness: ask now for God’s, and be at peace. — Charlotte Bronte

He made me love him without looking at me. — Charlotte Bronte

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If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own. — Charlotte Bronte

That to begin with; let respect be the foundation, affection the first floor, love the superstructure. — Charlotte Bronte

I am not deceitful: if I were, I should say I loved you; but I declare I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world. — Charlotte Bronte

He was the first to recognise me, and to love what he saw. — Charlotte Bronte

What was Charlotte Brontë’s childhood like?

Her father, Patrick Brontë, was an Anglican clergyman. He moved his family to Haworth amid the Yorkshire moors in 1820.

When they weren’t away at school, the Brontë children learned and played there, writing and telling romantic tales for one another and inventing imaginative games played out at home or on the desolate moors.


You–you strange–you almost unearthly thing!–I love as my own flesh. You–poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are–I entreat to accept me as a husband. — Charlotte Bronte

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I don’t call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you. Don’t flatter me. — Charlotte Bronte

If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day. — Emily BrontĂ«

He’ll love and hate equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to loved or hated again. — Emily BrontĂ«

Little Jane’s love would have been my best reward, without it, my heart is broken. — Charlotte Bronte

I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. — Charlotte Bronte

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After a youth and manhood passed half in unutterable misery and half in dreary solitude, I have for the first time found what I can truly love––I have found you. — Charlotte Bronte

He shall never know I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same. — Emily BrontĂ«

I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest––blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine. — Charlotte Bronte

If you don’t love another living soul, then you’ll never be disappointed. — Charlotte Bronte

He turned away; he threw himself on his face on the sofa. ‘Oh, Jane! my hope–my love–my life!’ broke in anguish from his lips. — Charlotte Bronte

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Well had Solomon said,’Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. — Charlotte Bronte

Alas! never had I loved him so well! — Charlotte Bronte

While I loved, and while I was loved, what an existence I enjoyed! — Charlotte Bronte


Make my happiness––I will make yours. — Charlotte Bronte

There is, in lovers, a certain infatuation of egotism; they will have a witness of their happiness, cost that witness what it may. — Charlotte Bronte

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Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste. — Charlotte Bronte

Where did Charlotte Brontë go to school?

In 1824 Charlotte attended Clergy Daughters’ School in Lancashire.

Her experiences there, including harsh discipline and terrible food, influenced the portrayal of Lowood Institution in Jane Eyre.

In 1842 Charlotte and Emily went to Brussels as pupils to improve their French and acquire some German.


There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort. — Charlotte Bronte


I feel monotony and death to be almost the same. — Charlotte Bronte

You have left me so long to struggle against death, alone, that I feel and see only death! I feel like death! — Emily Brontë

My home is humble and unattractive to strangers, but to me it contains what I shall find nowhere else in the world–the … affection which brothers and sisters feel for each other. — Charlotte Bronte

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It strikes me with terror and anguish to feel I absolutely must be torn from you for ever. I see the necessity of departure; and it is like looking on the necessity of death. — Charlotte Bronte

I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity? — Charlotte Bronte

It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you. — Charlotte Bronte

No severe or prolonged bodily illness followed this incident of the red–room: it only gave my nerves a shock, of which I feel the reverberation to this day. — Charlotte Bronte

I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him. — Emily Brontë

Children can feel, but they cannot analyse their feelings; and if the analysis is partially effected in thought, they know not how to express the result of the process in words. — Charlotte Bronte

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

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