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“[Preface to second edition:] ... I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.”
“All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shriveled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.”
“[Preface to second edition:] ... truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it.”
“... she was barely civil to them, and evidently better pleased to say 'goodbye,' than 'how do you do.'”
“If you would have your son to walk honorably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them — not insist upon leading him by the land, but let him learn to go alone.”
“... it is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble the foe ...”
“... there is always a but in this imperfect world ...”
“... all our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise ...”
“... the best compliment to a mother is to appreciate her little one.”
“Yet though I cannot see thee more / 'Tis still a comfort to have seen, / And though thy transient life is o'er / 'Tis sweet to think that thou has been; / To think a soul so near divine / Within a form so angel fair / united to a heart like thine / Has gladdened once our humble sphere.”
Anne Brontë, English writer, poet
(1820 - 1849)
Anne Brontë sometimes used the pseudonym Acton Bell; Charlotte Brontë used Currer Bell, and Emily Brontë used Ellis Bell.