92 Best Charlotte Bronte Quotes from Famous English Novelist

Charlotte Brontë, born on 21 April 1816, was an iconic English novelist and poet, best known for her novel “Jane Eyre” (1847).

By the age of nine, Charlotte had lost her mother and two older sisters.

Her early experiences at the Clergy Daughters’ School influenced the portrayal of Lowood School in “Jane Eyre”.

Post these tragedies, Charlotte and her siblings were home-schooled, during which they created intricate imaginary worlds, laying a foundation for their literary futures.

As an adult, Charlotte wrote novels influenced by her experiences, including her time in Brussels and her unrequited love for a headmaster.


“Jane Eyre” brought her significant fame, leading her to interact with literary elites.

After marrying Arthur Nicholls in 1854, she tragically died during pregnancy at age 38 in 1855.

I have prepared a best collections of quotes by Charlotte Bronte in this post.

Best Charlotte Bronte Quotes


You, sir, are the most phantom-like of all; you are a mere dream. ~ Charlotte Bronte.


Better to be without logic than without feeling. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


The shadows are as important as the light. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


Take my love. One day share my life. Be my dearest, first on earth. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


Die without me if you will. Live for me if you dare. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

You are human and fallible. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well! ~ Charlotte Brontë.


Remorse is the poison of life. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


God did not give me my life to throw it away. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

And it is you, spirit – with will and energy, and virtue and purity – that I want, not alone with your brittle frame. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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.

What necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer-the Future so much brighter? ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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 Brontë.

The idea of seeing the sea – of being near it – watching its changes by sunrise, sunset, moonlight, and noonday – in calm, perhaps in storm – fills and satisfies my mind. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


Rapidly, merrily, Life’s sunny hours flit by, Gratefully, cheerily Enjoy them as they fly! ~ Charlotte Brontë.

You never felt jealousy, did you, Miss Eyre? Of course not: I need not ask you; because you never felt love. You have both sentiments yet to experience: your soul sleeps; the shock is yet to be given which shall waken it. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Youth has its romance, and maturity its wisdom, as morning and spring have their freshness, noon and summer their power, night and winter their repose. Each attribute is good in its own season. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Famous Charlotte Bronte Quotes

I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

No mockery in the world ever sounds to me as hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


I would always rather be happy than dignified. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I loved him very much – more than I could trust myself to say – more than words had power to express. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Her coming was my hope each day, Her parting was my pain; The chance that did her steps delay Was ice in every vein. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Shake me off, then, sir – push me away; for I’ll not leave you of my own accord. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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 Brontë.


You mocking changeling- fairy-born and human-bred! ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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

Top Charlotte Bronte Quotes

Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

But what is so headstrong as youth? What so blind as inexperience? ~ Charlotte Brontë.


I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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

I shall be thirty-one next birthday. My youth is gone like a dream; and very little use have I ever made of it. What have I done these last thirty years? Precious little. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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

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 Brontë.

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 firm there, firm as weeds among stones. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Beauty is in the eye of the gazer. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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

Intelligence and proper education will give you independence of spirit. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Friendship however is a plant which cannot be forced – true friendship is no gourd spring up in a night and withering in a day. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Out of association grows adhesion, and out of adhesion amalgamation. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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 the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Popular Charlotte Bronte Quotes

I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal – as we are! ~ Charlotte Brontë.

He is not to them what he is to me. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Conventionality is not morality. ~ Charlotte Brontë.


Make my happiness – I will make yours. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

His mind was indeed my library, and whenever it was opened to me, I entered bliss. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

A beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Who has words at the right moment? ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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 Brontë.

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


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

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

What you want to ignite in others must first burn inside yourself. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious, but still a truthful interpreter – in the eye. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Daydreams are the delusions of the devil. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Great Charlotte Bronte Quotes

Friends always forget those whom fortune forsakes. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Look twice before you leap. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should – so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I am neither a man nor a woman but an author. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I believe while I tremble; I trust while I weep. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I knew you would do me good in some way, at some time – I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

Your will shall decide your destiny. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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


It is a pity that doing one’s best does not always answer. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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

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

Powerful Charlotte Bronte Quotes

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

Life is still life, whatever its pangs; our eyes and ears and their use remain with us, though the prospect of what pleases be wholly withdrawn, and the sound of what consoles must be silenced. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I see at intervals the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close set bars of a cage: a vivid, restless, resolute captive is there; were it but free, it would soar cloud-high. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

I’m just going to write because I cannot help it. ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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 Brontë.

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 Brontë.

We wove a web in childhood, A web of sunny air; We dug a spring in infancy Of water pure and fair; We sowed in youth a mustard seed, We cut an almond rod; We are now grown up to riper age? Are they withered in the sod? ~ Charlotte Brontë.

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 Brontë.

So these were the 92 top Charlotte Bronte quotes and sayings about love, life, loss and writing.

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