Day 2: Quote 2

So for my second day of quotes I chose from one of my favorite books of all time Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte that I’ve read at least three or four times (or at least it feels that way…perhaps I haven’t).

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Not quite the same profound quality as De Profundis, but it is one of my favorite books, and I have always related to Jane in feeling quite passed over at times. I’ve felt like her in terms of having to make choices where I’ve either had to choose to be nice to someone else or not allow myself to be treated like a doormat. And this year in particular I’ve tried to be better at respecting myself. I’ve tried to remember that I matter too. And in this moment where Jane wonders if she should simply give in because no one cares about her, she realizes how important it is to care about yourself.

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So I suppose all that’s left to say is this is important. You must care for yourself. Even if no one else does. Even if other people around you constantly treat you like you don’t matter. You need to know you matter. Self-worth is just so incredibly important. And if a character like Jane who was abandoned by her only family, and abused in school, and made fun of by wealthy ladies can have some sense of self-respect, then so can you.

I’m not saying to be a jerk. I’m saying, like Jane, recognize moments when people are treating you wrong and don’t let them. Recognize when you need to walk away from relationships. Recognize when you deserve an apology and shouldn’t compromise on getting one. Let yourself be bold and brave and unwilling to back down sometimes. There are moments for forgiveness and passive behavior. And there are moments you need to stand up and say no.

For today I tag Natalie at Fluent Historian. She’s a wonderful blogger who writes on history and writing. She makes beautiful observations about the world! Anyhow, the rules are that you post three quotes in three days, tagging one person each day. Obviously, anyone I tag is under no obligation to actually do the challenge, and anyone I don’t tag is free to do it if they wish!

So, short post, but I wanted to put this up. Honestly, I wish I read more books with beautiful, meaningful quotes. But this one is just one of my favorites regardless.

Any favorite quotes to share with me for non-tagged readers? Any thoughts on self-respect? Any thoughts on being bold and balancing that with being kind? Any fellow Jane Eyre lovers want to speak about what you love in this book?

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9 responses to “Day 2: Quote 2

  1. This is one of the reasons I love and admire Jane Eyre so much–she has such incredible strength, in spite of the winds and waves of tribulation she’s passed through. Another point in the story where she shows that strength is when she puts Mr. Rochester back in his place: “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?” I love that she has the backbone to stick up for herself even in a situation where the world views her as the subordinate in every way. Such an amazing book!

  2. I read your posts, Emily and just think WOW. I love this book, but when asked if I have a favorite quote from it I get all starry eyed!

    “Sometimes I have the strangest feeling about you. Especially when you are near me as you are now. It feels as though I had a string tied here under my left rib where my heart is, tightly knotted to you in a similar fashion. And when you go to Ireland, with all that distance between us, I am afraid that this cord will be snapped, and I shall bleed inwardly.”

    Lordy! I guess I’m blinded by romance. So reading your blogs is quite the education for me! 😀 I am so enjoying your quotes…

    • That’s a beautiful quote. I considered doing something romantic…if I do the challenge again maybe I’ll choose one from one of my favorite romances instead. Thank you so much for the compliments. It means so much to me to hear that people like what I’m writing.

      • You know, Emily, it’s not just that I (or anyone else, for that matter) LIKE reading your post. It really is that they’re quite educational. I’m learning a lot. Besides being a writer, what career are you chasing?

      • Thank you so much. At the moment I’m working with kids at the YMCA and thinking I might eventually want to pursue a teaching career, but I’m not sure yet. I’m taking some time after college to reevaluate so I don’t waste time or money on more school if I don’t need it.

  3. Thanks for tagging me and THANK YOU for the kind words you said about my blog! I am so glad we discovered each other virtually. If only we lived closer and could meet up in real life! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Yes! I’ve never been to Alabama before so maybe I’ll have to go visit someday and in that case it would be a good excuse to possibly meet up. I’ve really appreciated all your awesome feedback and support. Well, if I ever get down your way I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime I guess we’ll have to resign ourselves to looking over twitter and wordpress posts!

  4. Pingback: The Book Quote Challenge: Day 1 | Fluent Historian

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