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Charlotte Brontë

Fecha de nacimiento: 21. Abril 1816
Fecha de muerte: 31. Marzo 1855

Charlotte Brontë fue una novelista inglesa, hermana de las también escritoras Anne y Emily Brontë.

Obras

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
The Professor
Charlotte Brontë

Frases Charlotte Brontë

„El convencionalismo no es moralidad. La justicia propia no es religión. Atacar lo primero no se trata de atacar lo último. Arrancarle la máscara de la cara del fariseo, no consiste en levantar una mano impía a la Corona de Espinas. Estas cosas y los hechos están diametralmente opuestos: son tan diferentes como lo es el vicio a la virtud. Los hombres también suelen confundirlos: no deberían confundirse: la apariencia no debe ser confundida con la verdad; las pequeñas doctrinas humanas, que sólo tienden a enorgullecer y a magnificar a unos pocos, no deberían tomarse como sustituto del credo redentor mundial de Cristo. Hay, lo repito, una diferencia, y es un bien, y no una mala acción, marcar amplia mente y claramente la línea de separación entre ellas. Al mundo puede no gustarle ver estas ideas separadas, porque se ha acostumbrado a mezclarlas, encontrando conveniente hacer pasar una apariencia de piedad por un mérito auténtico - para dejar que las paredes blanqueadas respondan por los templos limpios. Es posible que odien a quien se atreva a examinar y exponer… para penetrar el sepulcro, y revelar los vestigios sepulcrales.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Prefacio, 2a edición (21 Dic 1847). Las frases "apariencia de piedad", (en inglés "external show"), y "mérito auténtico" del inglés ""sterling worth", son alusiones bíblicas de 2 Timoteo 3:5 y 1 Corintios 11:19. "Paredes blanqueadas" es una alusión a Hechos 23:3.
Jane Eyre (1847)

„Evito mirar hacia adelante o hacia atrás, y tratar de seguir mirando hacia arriba.“

—  Charlotte Brontë

15 de enero de 1849. Como se cita en Elizabeth Gaskell The life of Charlotte Brontë (1870), p. 285

„Puedo estar en guardia contra mis enemigos, ¡pero Dios me libre de mis amigos!“

—  Charlotte Brontë

En respuesta a George Henry Lewes (LL, II, V, 272) Miriam Farris Allott (1974), The Brontës, the critical heritage, pág 160;

„If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust; the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Jane to Helen Burns (Ch. 6)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust; the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should — so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.

„I feel that this also is true; but, dear Sir, is not the real experience of each individual very limited? And, if a writer dwells upon that solely or principally, is he not in danger of repeating himself, and also of becoming an egotist? Then, too, imagination is a strong, restless faculty, which claims to be heard and exercised: are we to be quite deaf to her cry, and insensate to her struggles?“

—  Charlotte Brontë

Letter to G. H. Lewes, 6 November 1847
Contexto: You advise me, too, not to stray far from the ground of experience, as I become weak when I enter the region of fiction; and you say, "real experience is perennially interesting, and to all men."I feel that this also is true; but, dear Sir, is not the real experience of each individual very limited? And, if a writer dwells upon that solely or principally, is he not in danger of repeating himself, and also of becoming an egotist? Then, too, imagination is a strong, restless faculty, which claims to be heard and exercised: are we to be quite deaf to her cry, and insensate to her struggles? When she shows us bright pictures, are we never to look at them, and try to reproduce them? And when she is eloquent, and speaks rapidly and urgently in our ear, are we not to write to her dictation?

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„It is not violence that best overcomes hate — nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Helen Burns to Jane (Ch. 6)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: It is not violence that best overcomes hate — nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury. … Read the New Testament, and observe what Christ says, and how he acts — make his word your rule, and his conduct your example. … Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you.

„I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously arrived, green and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Jane (Ch. 17)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: Most true is it that "beauty is in the eye of the gazer." My master’s colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth, — all energy, decision, will, — were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me; they were full of an interest, an influence that quite mastered me, — that took my feelings from my own power and fettered them in his. I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously arrived, green and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.

„Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Preface, 2nd edition (21 December 1847)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: p>Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns. These things and deeds are diametrically opposed: they are as distinct as is vice from virtue. Men too often confound them: they should not be confounded: appearance should not be mistaken for truth; narrow human doctrines, that only tend to elate and magnify a few, should not be substituted for the world-redeeming creed of Christ. There is — I repeat it — a difference; and it is a good, and not a bad action to mark broadly and clearly the line of separation between them.The world may not like to see these ideas dissevered, for it has been accustomed to blend them; finding it convenient to make external show pass for sterling worth — to let white-washed walls vouch for clean shrines. It may hate him who dares to scrutinise and expose — to rase the gilding, and show base metal under it — to penetrate the sepulchre, and reveal charnel relics: but hate as it will, it is indebted to him.</p

„These things and deeds are diametrically opposed: they are as distinct as is vice from virtue. Men too often confound them: they should not be confounded“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Preface, 2nd edition (21 December 1847)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: p>Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns. These things and deeds are diametrically opposed: they are as distinct as is vice from virtue. Men too often confound them: they should not be confounded: appearance should not be mistaken for truth; narrow human doctrines, that only tend to elate and magnify a few, should not be substituted for the world-redeeming creed of Christ. There is — I repeat it — a difference; and it is a good, and not a bad action to mark broadly and clearly the line of separation between them.The world may not like to see these ideas dissevered, for it has been accustomed to blend them; finding it convenient to make external show pass for sterling worth — to let white-washed walls vouch for clean shrines. It may hate him who dares to scrutinise and expose — to rase the gilding, and show base metal under it — to penetrate the sepulchre, and reveal charnel relics: but hate as it will, it is indebted to him.</p

„It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Jane (Ch. 12)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.

„School-rules, school-duties, school-habits and notions, and voices, and faces, and phrases, and costumes, and preferences, and antipathies — such was what I knew of existence.“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Jane (Ch. 10)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: School-rules, school-duties, school-habits and notions, and voices, and faces, and phrases, and costumes, and preferences, and antipathies — such was what I knew of existence. And now I felt that it was not enough; I tired of the routine of eight years in one afternoon. I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing. I abandoned it and framed a humbler supplication; for change, stimulus: that petition, too, seemed swept off into vague space: "Then," I cried, half desperate, "grant me at least a new servitude!"Here a bell, ringing the hour of supper, called me downstairs.

„I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!“

—  Charlotte Brontë, libro Jane Eyre

Jane to Mr. Rochester (Ch. 23)
Jane Eyre (1847)
Contexto: Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!

„I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!“

—  Charlotte Brontë

In response to George Henry Lewes (LL, II, v, 272); Miriam Farris Allott (1974), The Brontës, the critical heritage, page 160;

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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