“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” Jane Eyre. Here are 44 Lovely Jane Eyre Quotes.

Jane Eyre Quotes

1. “Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”― Jane Eyre

2. “I looked with timorous joy towards a stately house: I saw a blackened ruin.”― Jane Eyre

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

4. “A beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance.”― Jane Eyre

5. “You — you strange — you almost unearthly thing! — I love as my own flesh. You — poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are — I entreat to accept me as a husband.”― Jane Eyre

6. “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.”― Jane Eyre

7. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”― Jane Eyre

8. “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.”― Jane Eyre

9. “What do I sacrifice? Famine for food, expectation for content. To be privileged to put my arms round what I value-to press my lips to what I love-to repose on what I trust: is that to make a sacrifice? If so, then certainly I delight in sacrifice.”― Jane Eyre

10. “Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!”― Jane Eyre

11. “To women who please me only by their faces, I am the very devil when I find out they have neither souls nor hearts — when they open to me a perspective of flatness, triviality, and perhaps imbecility, coarseness, and ill-temper: but to the clear eye and eloquent tongue, to the soul made of fire, and the character that bends but does not break — at once supple and stable, tractable and consistent — I am ever tender and true.”― Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre Quotes

12. “Your mind is my treasure, and if it were broken, it would be my treasure still.”― Jane Eyre

13. “To prolong doubt was to prolong hope.”― Jane Eyre

14. “Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.”― Jane Eyre

15. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”― Jane Eyre

16. “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.”― Jane Eyre

17. “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”― Jane Eyre

18. “I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest – blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine.”― Jane Eyre

19. “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. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”― Jane Eyre

20. “It is not violence that best overcomes hate – nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.”― Jane Eyre

21. “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.”― Jane Eyre

22. “I am not deceitful: if I were, I should say I loved you; but I declare I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world.”― Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre Quotes

23. “I am not an angel, and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me – for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.”― Jane Eyre

24. “I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered – and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.”― Jane Eyre

25. “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.”― Jane Eyre

26. “Reader, I married him.”― Jane Eyre

27. “I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me.”― Jane Eyre

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

29. “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.”― Jane Eyre

30. “No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.”― Jane Eyre

31. “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.”― Jane Eyre

32. “Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.”― Jane Eyre

33. “I am paving hell with energy… I am laying down good intentions which I believe durable as flint.”― Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre Quotes

34. “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.”― Jane Eyre

35. “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”― Jane Eyre

36. “No reflection was to be allowed now, not one glance was to be cast back; not even one forward. Not one thought was to be given either to the past or the future. The first was a page so heavenly sweet, so deadly sad, that to read one line of it would dissolve my courage and break down my energy. The last was an awful blank, something like the world when the deluge was gone by.”― Jane Eyre

37. “I have little left in myself – I must have you. The world may laugh – may call me absurd, selfish – but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”― Jane Eyre

38. “I ask you to pass through life at my side – to be my second self, and best earthly companion.”― Jane Eyre

39. “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. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, – you’d forget me.”― Jane Eyre

40. “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.”― Jane Eyre

41. “Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”― Jane Eyre

42. “Even for me, life had its gleams of sunshine.”― Jane Eyre

43. “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”― Jane Eyre

44. “It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.”― Jane Eyre

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Best of Jane Eyre Quotes

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“Friends always forget those whom fortune forsakes.”― Jane Eyre
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“Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”― Jane Eyre
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“It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience.”― Jane Eyre

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