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English novelist and poet
(1816 - 1855)

A memory without blot or contamination must be an exquisite treasure, an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment.
      - [Memory]

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
      - [Sleep]

Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
      - [Feeling : Judgment]

I am neither a man nor a woman but an author.
      - in a letter to William Smith Williams

I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.
      - [Boredom]

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
      - [Goals]

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
      - [Friendship]

It is 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.
      - [Tranquility]

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
      - [Life]

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.
      - [Memory]

No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in a mould and tilled with manure. Happiness is a glory shining far down upon us from heaven. She is a divine dew, which the soul feels dropping upon it from the amaranth bloom and golden fruitage of paradise.
      - [Happiness]

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 there, firm as weeds among stones.
      - [Prejudice]

Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
      - [Self-righteousness]

What smiles! They were the effluence of fine intellect, of true courage; they lit up her marked lineaments, her thin face, her sunken gray eye, like reflections from the aspect of an angel.
      - [Smiles]

St. John is unmarried: he never will marry now. . . . The last letter I received from him drew from my eves human tears, and yet filled my heart with divine joy: he anticipated his sure reward, his incorruptible crown. I know that a stranger's hand will write to me next, to say that the good and faithful servant has been called at length into the joy of his Lord. And why weep for this? No fear of death will darken St. John's last hour: his mind will be unclouded, his heart will be undaunted, his hope will be sure, his faith steadfast. His own words are a pledge of this - "My Master," he says, "has forewarned me. Daily He announces more distinctly,--'Surely I come quickly!' and hourly I more eagerly respond,--'Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!'"
      - Jane Eyre [Books (Last Lines)]

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question. I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.
      - Jane Eyre [Books (First Lines)]

Life, believe, is not a dream,
  So dark as sages say;
    Oft a little morning rain
      Foretells a pleasant day!
      - Life [Life]

Of late years, an abundant shower of curates has fallen upon the north of England: they lie very thick on the hills; every parish has one or more of them; they are young enough to be very active, and ought to be doing a great deal of good.
      - Shirley [Books (First Lines)]

My godfather lived in a handsome house in the clean and ancient town of Bretton.
      - Villette [Books (First Lines)]

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