12 Times the Brontë Sisters Understood Love Better than Anyone

The Brontë Sisters

The Brontë sisters, Charlotte (1816–1855), Emily (1818–1848), and Anne (1820–1849), are well known as poets and novelists. Like many of their female contemporaries, they initially chose to publish their work under male pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. The trio was raised in the isolated village of Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England by their father who was an Anglican priest.

Each a famous novelist in her own right, Charlotte is best known for Jane Eyre, Emily for Wuthering Heights, and Anne for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, all of the sisters stories are about love (although that love can sometimes be very dysfunctional). These quotes reflect their attitudes on love and romance. 

My love for Linton is like the foliage in the...

My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Wuthering Heights Bronte
My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.

I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you...

I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, - you'd forget me.