The Brontës: Some of Their Greatest Quotes with Artwork

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The three sisters, as painted by their brother, Branwell.

While their lives were tragically cut short, the Brontës’ remarkable literary output has earned them an unrivalled status: quite simply, they are the most renowned and celebrated family in English Literature. Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are among the most widely-read and revered novels in the canon, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is also judged to be a classic.

Whether through the medium of prose or poetry, the sisters’ passion and enlightened artistic vision remain influential over one hundred-and-fifty years on. The parsonage, Haworth, West Yorkshire, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived with their father and painterly brother, Branwell, is visited by hundreds of thousands of literature-inspired pilgrims each year.

We’ve collected some of their greatest quotes for your enjoyment. (The following memes originally featured on our Facebook page.)

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A quote so famous lovers of nineteenth-century literature will instantly recognise it.

A felicitous insight into the link between prejudices and a lack of education (whether formal or informal).

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More wise words.

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Which is your favourite novel by one of the sisters?

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From the excellent Wuthering Heights.

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…Remarkable poetry.

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Wuthering Heights – a brooding, transgressive masterpiece.

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More from Jane Eyre.

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Anne’s morality was perhaps more conventional than that of her passionate, groundbreaking sisters.

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Another from the youngest sister’s well-received work.

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