Great Quotes from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In the book Jane Eyre, the main character, Jane, suffers great injustice during her childhood and adult life. The message of the book is clear: it is better to forgive than to seek revenge. This is a wonderful story with a powerful message.
Jane’s friend: “It is 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; and besides, the Bible bids us return good for evil. . .”
Jane: “I am younger than you, and I could not bear it [the beatings that the first girl endured].”
Friend: “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 is your fate to be required to bear.”
Jane: “I suspected that she might be right and I wrong; but I would not ponder the matter deeply; like Felix, I put it off to a more convenient season.”
Friend: “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 . . .”
When Jane’s aunt, Mrs. Reed, abused her, Jane felt that it would be impossible to forgive her. However, as Jane grew, she learned to forgive her aunt.
Jane: “The gaping wound of my wrongs, too, was now quite healed; and the flame of resentment extinguished.”
“It is a happy thing that time quells the longings of vengeance and hushes the promptings of rage and aversion.”
“I had left this woman in bitterness and hate and I came back to her with no other emotion than a sort of ruth for her great sufferings, and a strong yearning to forget and forgive all injuries—to be reconciled and clasp hands in amity.”