12 Quotes from ‘Jane Eyre’ That WIll Make You Think (Part One)

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.

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“…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.

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“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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Hard Truths from ‘Of Mice and Men’

Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinback and was released in 1937. It’s a story about a pair of men traveling and looking for work, dreaming of owning their own land. Here’s what this book taught me about life:

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If something goes wrong, move on and start over.

The main characters referred to an incident early on in the story. They tried to move on and begin anew in a fresh location where no one knew who they are.

Packing up and heading out to a new unknown is terrifying and extremely inconvenient, but sometimes it’s the exact situation we need in order to make a better life for ourselves.

I’m not saying we should all give up and leave the minute something goes wrong, but if you’re constantly trying for an extended period of time and just can’t be happy, maybe it’s time to move on. If you’ve given it your best shot and you’re only digging a deeper hole, pack it up and try something new. Life is too short to remain in an unhappy, miserable situation for too long.

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Know your own strength.

A major conflict in Of Mice and Men is that one of the main characters failed to realize how physically powerful he was.

A lot of issues for us today are that we don’t realize how strong we are. I’m not referring to physical strength, but to emotional strength and intelligence. We are resilient and capable human beings.

The main character had an issue with strength – he needed to back off. We have an issue with strength in the opposite way – we need to push harder. We need to understand how amazing we are and how sturdy our hearts can be. We can get through anything and can pursue our greatest dreams without fear because we are capable.

Know how strong you are. Be strong. Don’t let anyone bring you down.

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The right thing to do is often difficult.

I won’t spoil the story, but a tough decision had to be made at the end of the novel. Tough is a weak word, too. It’s not a choice anyone in the history of human kind would like to make. Regardless, the right choice was made and carried out.

Everyday we face choices that aren’t fun. It’s often easier to brush things off and ignore issues at hand. It’s much more fulfilling to just suck it up and make the right choice. It’s easier said than done, but we must have integrity and do the right thing.

Are mice and men really so different?

Both mice and men can be crushed in an instant by a powerful force. Both mice and men just want to live in peace and survive with enough food to eat and a safe place to sleep.

Are mice and men really much different in the big picture of the universe?

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5 Invaluable Insights from Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte gave the world a novel called Jane Eyre in 1847. Even over 150 years later, people continue to read and enjoy this amazing book about a girl growing up, venturing out into the world, and then working for a mysterious host.

There are many lessons to be learned from this novel, but here are the five that made the biggest impact on me:

1 – Move on, even if it’s scary and unpredictable.

“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, Ch. 10

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There’s so much out there in the world to see if only we are brave enough to leave the comfort of our homes. It takes courage, but it’s worth it. It was certainly worth it for Jane – not without challenges, but she always found a nice place to rest.

2 – Know who you are.

“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, Ch. 8

In your heart, you know who you are and what you stand for. As long as you have a clean conscience, it shouldn’t matter what others think. Jane was picked on at her new school in the beginning due to her aunt’s harsh words, but she survived because she knew she wasn’t the demon child her aunt made her out to be.

3 – Forgive.

“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, Ch. 6

Holding grudges does nothing but harm the person holding the grudge. Forgiveness is the path to a peaceful soul. Jane’s aunt treated her horribly, but Jane wasn’t free of that hate and suffering until she forgave her cruel aunt.

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4 – Keep your dignity and stand firm, always.

“…and I don’t call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly – far too dearly to flatter you. Don’t flatter me.” Jane, Ch. 24

Don’t let others try to sway you and fool you with charisma and flattery. Jane knew who she was and what she was and she would accept no more and no less than what she knew she deserved.

5 – Being alone is not necessarily a bad thing.

“…without a companion, yet not feeling lonely…” Narrator, Ch. 6

Being by oneself doesn’t mean lonely. It can be liberating to spend time alone.


On a less serious note, by reading Jane Eyre I also learned that if a potential spouse is crazy, the money you’ll get by marrying him/her is NOT worth it.


Jane Eyre is great. I suggest you find a copy and read it because you just might learn a ton about life. Even if you don’t learn anything, you’ll be entertained by a heartwarming story.

Thanks for being alive, learn from everything, and stay true to yourself.

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