Charlotte Bronte Quotes

Charlotte Bronte

English novelist (1816 - 1855)

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A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

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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.

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

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Look twice before you leap.

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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.

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

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I hold a creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldon mention, but in which I delight, and to which I cling, for it extends hope to all; it makes eternity a rest - a mighty home - not a terror and an abyss. With this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime, I can so sincerly forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degredation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice bever crushes me too low; I live in calm, looking to the end.

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

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I must dislike those who, whatever I do to please them, persist in disliking me; I must resist those who punish me unjustly.

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Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

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