Published on October 16, 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre is celebrating its 174th anniversary. This gothic novel tells the story of the titular character, Jane Eyre, as she struggles with the conflicts of her life. From her sad childhood to the deep connection she feels for the mysterious Mr. Rochester, the story of Jane Eyre is one of love, happiness, and the journey for independence. In its life, Jane Eyre has seen numerous adaptations both on-screen and on the stage. To celebrate its birth in the world, let’s take a look at six quotes from the novel.
“In his presence I thoroughly lived, and he lived in mine. Blind as he was, smiles played over his face, joy dawned on his forehead; his linemants softened and warmed.”Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
“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, Charlotte Brontë
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and in sickness it would still be dear.”Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
On Autonomy and Happiness
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
“Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.”Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë