International Woman’s Day – My Favourite Female Characters Quotes

Another day, another celebration that should not really be restricted to one special day. However, in consideration of the occasion, here are a few of my favourite female literary characters and quotes from some of my favourite novels.:

1) “Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you, and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty, and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh; it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”(Jane Eyre)
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

2) “Why didn’t you tell me there was danger? Why didn’t you warn me? Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance of discovering in that way; and you did not help me!”(Tess Durbeyfield)
― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

3) “One must not live one’s life through men but must be complete on oneself as a woman of substance.”(Bridget Jones)
― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary

4) “There is no looking glass here and I don’t know what I am like now. I remember watching myself brush my hair and how my eyes looked back at me. The girl I saw was myself yet not quite myself. Long ago when I was a child and very lonely I tried to kiss her. But the glass was between us—hard, cold and misted over with my breath. Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?” (Antoinette Cosway)
– Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea

5) “Peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed; so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star.” (Lucy Snowe)
– Charlotte Bronte – Villette

6) “…I blink back the threat of tears, swiped at my nose and narrowed my eyes. “Listen to me, you two bags of monkey shit, “I yelled. “I am not in a good mood. My car keeps stalling. The day before yesterday I threw up on Joe Morelli. I was called a fat cow by my ex-husband. And if that isn’t enough…my hair is ORANGE! ORANGE, FOR CHRISSAKE! And now you have the gall to force yourself into my home and threaten my hamster. Well, you have gone too far. You have crossed the line!”(Stephanie Plum)
― Janet Evanovich, Three to Get Deadly

7) “At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”(Katniss Everdeen)

– Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

8) “Love should be allowed. I’m all for it. Now that I’ve got a pretty good idea what it is.” (Holly Golightly)
― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

9) “I’ll tell you,” said she, in the same hurried passionate whisper, “what real love is. It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter-as I did!” (Miss Havisham)
Charles Dickens – Great Expectations

10) “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well.  The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.” (Elizabeth Bennet)

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice