Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre, is a classic novel released in 1847. It is a beautifully written story about an English girl growing up and discovering where she wants to be in life. Here is a collection of the best quotes from the novel that are great life lessons:
“Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak pleasantly, remain silent.” Mrs. Reed (Chapter 1)
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…
“Yet in what darkness, what dense ignorance, was the mental battle fought! I could not answer the ceaseless inward question – why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of – I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.” Narrator (Chapter 2)
Hardships are frustrating, but later in life we can often look back and see how we grew from the adversity.
“Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the world only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices; poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.” Narrator (Chapter 3)
Just because someone is not wealthy and lives a certain way does not mean that person is a terrible or lesser being.
“Gateshead and my past life seemed floated away to an immeasurable distance; the present was vague and strange, and of the future I could form no conjecture.” Narrator (Chapter 5)
Move on from the past, look to the present, and don’t stress about the future.
“…without a companion, yet not feeling lonely…” Narrator (Chapter 6)
Being alone is not always a bad thing.
“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.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)
Let them laugh, let them scorn, because they are far from knowing the truth.
“No ill usage so brands its record on my feelings. Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spend in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)
Don’t stress over getting revenge to a person that’s done wrong. Move on, set yourself free.
“I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime; I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice never crushes me too low. I live in calm, looking to the end.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)
Seeing the good in others and being quick to forgive will keep a heart at peace.
“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.” Helen Burns (Chapter 8)
As long as a soul is confident and proud, no one else’s opinion can do it any harm.
“We shall think you what you prove yourself to be, my child.” Miss Temple (Chapter 8)
Never judge others from their pasts. Let them show you who they are.
“..a beauty neither of fine color, nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance. Then her soul sat on her lips, and language flowed, from what source I cannot tell.” Narrator (Chapter 8)
Beauty is deeper than looks.
“I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse to seek real knowledge of life amid its perils.” Narrator (Chapter 10)
Don’t be afraid to explore.
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