KEY QUOTES FROM JANE EYRE

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

“I am not deceitful: if I were, I should say I loved you.”

“I am not a monster; I am simply a woman with a heart that melts.”

“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.”

“I have not forgot, sir, that you once tried to kill me.”

“I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you.”

“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.”

“I tell you I must go!”

“I would always rather look like a ghostly Martian than a neat earthling.”

“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

“I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you—especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame.”

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”

“I love you better now when I can really be useful to you than I did in your state of proud independence, when you disdained every part but that of the giver and protector.”

“I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to see you when I am grown up; and if any one asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty.”

“You have no business to take our books; you are a dependent, mama says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not to live here with gentlemen’s children like us, and eat the same meals we do, and wear clothes at our mama’s expense.” THE BEST THING ABOUT ME QUOTES

“I saw a lizard run over the crag; I saw a bee busy among the sweet bilberries. I would fain at the moment have become bee or lizard, that I might have found fitting nutriment, permanent shelter here.”

“There is something strange about this place—and about you—that I cannot forget.”

“I tell you I must go!”

“I love you more than myself—for the greater portion of my life I disdained you, and now, sir, I love you better than myself.”

“I am a fool, I know—I might have been wiser, but it seems to me that fate’s order of circumstances has ironically tricked me.”

“I would always rather look like a ghostly Martian than a neat earthling.”

“If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way; they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse.”

“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.”

“You transfix me quite!”

“I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you—especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame.”

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

“Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine.”

“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.”

“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 its perils.”