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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.

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847)

[Image source: Jane Eyre Illustration, By F. H. Townsend, 1868-1920 (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1260/1260-h/images/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]


2 thoughts on “Bookquotes: Quotes from Books (17)

  1. “Narrow-minded” and “thoughtless” — it’s depressing to know that two centuries on there are still cultures and individuals who hold to such antediluvian ways of thinking and belief.

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