Celebrating Anne Brontë’ Literary Legacy Through Her Finest Quotes


You all must have read and loved Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. But, very few people are acquainted with the work of the youngest Brontë sister, Anne Brontë. Charlotte and Emily Brontë gave literature romanticized, heroes, but Anne decided not to wear rose-tinted glasses while dealing with male alcoholism and brutality. Anne refused to glamorize violent, oppressive men. While Charlotte and Emily were embracing the concept of the brooding, abusive byronic hero, Anne preferred quiet, supportive men. Anne,despite her great writing, is not as wildly read as her sisters.

So Here are 10 of the finest quotes from Anne Brontë’s poems and novels as a celebration of her literary legacy.


1.”Keep a guard over your eyes and ears as the inlets of your heart, and over your lips as the outlet, lest they betray you in a moment of unwariness.”

(The tenant of Wildfell Hall)

2.”But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.”

(The narrow way)

3.”My heart is too thoroughly dried to be broken in a hurry and I mean to live as long as I can.”

(The tenant of Wildfell Hall)

 4.“I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.”

(The tenant of Wildfell Hall)


5.”What a fool you must be,” said my head to my heart, or my sterner to my softer self.”

(Agnes Grey)

6.”It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the healrt well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.”

(Agnes Grey)

 7.“I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.”

(Best poems of Brontë sisters)

 8.”I allow she has small claims to perfection; but then, I maintain that, if she were more perfect, she would be less interesting.”

(The tenant of Wildfell Hall)

9.”Because my dear, beauty is that quality which, next to money, isgenerally the most attractive to the worst kind of men.”

(The tenant of Wildfell Hall)

 10.“But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment.”

(Agnes Grey)