Charlotte Brontë quote about past from Jane Eyre - what necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer—the Future so much brighter?
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what necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer—the Future so much brighter?
 Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (16 October 1847). copy citation

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Author Charlotte Brontë
Source Jane Eyre
Topic past future present
Date 16 October 1847
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1260/1260-h/1260-h.htm

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“«Don't talk any more of those days, sir,» I interrupted, furtively dashing away some tears from my eyes; his language was torture to me; for I knew what I must do—and do soon—and all these reminiscences, and these revelations of his feelings only made my work more difficult. «No, Jane,» he returned: «what necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer—the Future so much brighter?»
I shuddered to hear the infatuated assertion. «You see now how the case stands—do you not?» he continued. «After a youth and manhood passed half in unutterable misery and half in dreary solitude, I have for the first time found what I can truly love—I have found you.” source

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