Charlote Brontë’s Jane Eyre is, of course, a wonderful book — and a work of art. I am also very fond of her sister Emily’s Wuthering Heights; but alas, today is about Jane Eyre.
It is, of course, the age-old tale of a governess who falls in love with her employer. But I don’t mean to talk much about the plot; just as I seldom do. It’s the QUOTES that I love! So, let’s go on to relay a few . . .
Here are my favorite two from the book; and perhaps two of my favorite quotes in general. To me, they simply go together; and they are, essentially, a perfect summing-up of my own views.
1) “No; I cannot believe that; I hold another creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldom 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.”
2) Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits; that world is round us, for it is everywhere; and these spirits watch us, for they are commissioned to guard us; and if we were dying in pain and shame, if scorn smote us on all sides, and hatred crushed us, angels see our tortures, recognize our innocence . . . and God waits only the separation of spirit from flesh to crown us with a full reward . . . Why, then, should we ever sink overwhelmed with distress?”
I have two more quotes I’d like to share; not quite as close to my heart as the first two, but still, decidedly great.
3) 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 courage to go forth into its expanse to seek real knowledge of life amid its perils.
4) Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
*Conversation pertaining to above plate:
“How dare you affirm that, Jane Eyre?”
“How dare I, Mrs. Reed? How dare I? Because it is the truth.”