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Anne Brontë

  • [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,
    • "A Reminiscence," The Works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, vol. 8 ()

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.