20 quotes about the life of Charlotte Bronte on her 201st birthday

in my 12the birthday, my grandmother gave me a copy of Charlotte Bronte jane eyre. For the next week, I turned with my nose buried deep in the life of a woman displaying her moral and spiritual sensibilities in the throes of a rigid english society. While the story spoke of a time and era that I knew nothing about, it was the conflict within the mind of the protagonist that drew me in, even at the very naive yet impressionable age of 12.

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And therein lies the power of the pen. Charlotte Bronte has often been called the “first historian of private consciousness” due to her simple yet rich insight into human consciousness and emotion. As a woman who writes under the guise of a pen name to avoid sexual discrimination, prejudiced social norms formed an important backdrop in most of her novels. Born in Thornton, Yorkshire, to a family raised in the countryside, Charlotte had to take the maternal reins of the family at a young age, following the sudden death of her mother and her older sisters. For most of her growing up years, she was caught up in the battle between caring for her three younger siblings: Emily, Anne (also famous 19the writers of the 20th century), and Branwell, and his desire to travel abroad and seek inspiration for his writing.

A life of monetary limitations, orthodox restrictions, and maternal burdens allowed Charlotte to explore the themes of religion, sexuality, gender, and rebellion through her critically acclaimed writing. Other than jane eyre (1847), the most published of the three bronte sisters also received a positive response to his two other famous novels shirley (1849) and Villette (1853).

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As a tribute to her timeless literature, here are some quotes to remember her in her 201st birthday.

  1. “I am not a bird; and there is no net that catches me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
  2. “Life seems too short to spend it feeding animosity or recording mistakes.”
  3. “I try to avoid looking ahead or behind, and I try to keep looking up.”
  4. “Better to be without logic than without feeling.”
  5. “Prejudices, it is well known, are very difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among the stones.”
  6. “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter, often an unconscious but faithful interpreter, in the eye.”
  7. “I ask you to go through life by my side, to be my second self and the best earthly companion.”
  8. “Women are supposed to be very calm in general, but women feel the same way as men.”
  9. “I take care of myself. The more lonely, the more friendless, the more untenable I am, the more I will respect myself.”
  10. “I want to say that I value vision and fear going blind as a stone.”
  11. “I always prefer to be happy than dignified.”
  12. “The human heart has hidden treasures, Secretly kept, silently sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were broken if they were revealed.”
  13. “Completely unshared happiness can hardly be called happiness; it does not have flavor.”
  14. “Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.”
  15. “However, friendship is a plant that cannot be forced; true friendship is not a pumpkin that sprouts overnight and withers in a day.
  16. “It is in vain to say that human beings must be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will if they can’t find it.”
  17. “No joke in the world sounds as hollow to me as being told to cultivate happiness. Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mold and tilled in manure.”
  18. “Talented people almost always know very well the excellence that is in them.”
  19. “A restless mind makes a restless pillow.”
  20. “Your will will decide your destiny.”
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