Quotes from book
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name "Currer Bell", on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London. The first American edition was published the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York. Jane Eyre follows the experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall.The novel revolutionised prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are coloured by a psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the "first historian of the private consciousness", and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce.The book contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of Christian morality at its core, and is considered by many to be ahead of its time because of Jane's individualistic character and how the novel approaches the topics of class, sexuality, religion and feminism.


Charlotte Brontë photo

„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!“

—  Charlotte Brontë, book Jane Eyre

I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. 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; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!
Jane to Mr. Rochester (Ch. 23)
Jane Eyre (1847)

Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo

„What have I to do with millions [of people]? The eighty I know despise me.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, book Jane Eyre

Jane to Helen Burns (Ch. 8)
Jane Eyre (1847)

Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo

„There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, book Jane Eyre

Jane (Ch. 1) [opening line]
Jane Eyre (1847)

Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë photo

Similar authors

Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë83
English novelist and poet 1816 - 1855
Emily Brontë photo
Emily Brontë146
English novelist and poet
Thomas Hardy photo
Thomas Hardy171
English novelist and poet
Matthew Arnold photo
Matthew Arnold166
English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector…
Walter Scott photo
Walter Scott151
Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet
George Eliot photo
George Eliot300
English novelist, journalist and translator
Percy Bysshe Shelley photo
Percy Bysshe Shelley246
English Romantic poet
Elizabeth Barrett Browning photo
Elizabeth Barrett Browning88
English poet, author
Léon Bloy photo
Léon Bloy22
French writer, poet and essayist
Jane Austen photo
Jane Austen476
English novelist
Similar authors
Charlotte Brontë photo
Charlotte Brontë83
English novelist and poet 1816 - 1855
Emily Brontë photo
Emily Brontë146
English novelist and poet
Thomas Hardy photo
Thomas Hardy171
English novelist and poet
Matthew Arnold photo
Matthew Arnold166
English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector…
Walter Scott photo
Walter Scott151
Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet