‘With you she will sit silent…’

‘With you she will sit silent as long as it suits you to talk alone; you can hold her under a potent spell: intelligent as she is, eloquent as she can be, you can seal her lips, and veil her bright countenance with diffidence.’

From The Professor by Charlotte Brontë


This is the first in a series of random installments of quotes which I find particularly resonant or beautiful, from and about books. Comment your Brontë favourites!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben Veale says:

    “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
    Was reminded of this after watching the play by the National Theatre, if you haven’t watched it already it’s a must-see; honestly one of the best productions I’ve seen to date.

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    1. jessadelaide says:

      Great one!! I know it’s the famous one but I do love the ‘no net ensnares me’ quote from Jane Eyre, and ‘it is in vain to say that human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility’. So many good ones! Ahh yes I missed that one the last time it was in Manchester but really wanted to see it 😦


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