Saturday, May 19, 2012

My favorite quote from my favorite book.

If you can guess what it is, pat yourself on the back. 

"...soothe him; save him; love him; tell him you love him and will be his. Who in the world cares for you? or who will be injured by what you do?"

Still indomitable was the reply — "I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad — as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth — so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am quite insane — quite insane: with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot."  ~Jane Eyre

Most of my family probably guessed that it was Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre because it's my most favorite book in the world and I've read them my favorite parts of it many times. 
Jane Eyre is the best fictional character in any book that I have ever read. 
It may sound silly but I look up to (the fictional) Jane more than any other female in a book. If I can one day be as strong, determined, good, and as true as her, I will be the lady I want to be. 

And to end this post, another favorite quote: 

"I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give."  Jane Eyre