Author Charlotte Brontë’s most popular novel, Jane Eyre, delivers an enthralling narrative that has captivated readers since its release in 1847. Following the torrid relationship between the titular Jane, an orphan-turned-governess, and Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall, the classic Victorian tale has inspired dozens of popular adaptations. And while Jane Eyre is often remembered for its iconic romance, the novel also boasts a progressive female protagonist who ultimately commands respect from the men and women in her life.
In honor of Brontë’s 200th birthday today, we collected five quotes spoken by Jane that champion independence and confidence. Enjoy browsing the gallery, and check out the full novel here.