Charlotte Brontë quote about power from Jane Eyre - The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted.
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The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted.
 Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (16 October 1847). copy citation

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Author Charlotte Brontë
Source Jane Eyre
Topic power human error
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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“«That sounds a dangerous maxim, sir; because one can see at once that it is liable to abuse.»
«Sententious sage! so it is: but I swear by my household gods not to abuse it.»
«You are human and fallible.»
«I am: so are you—what then?»
«The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted.»
«What power?»
«That of saying of any strange, unsanctioned line of action,—'Let it be right.' »
«'Let it be right'—the very words: you have pronounced them.»
«May it be right then,» I said, as I rose, deeming it useless to continue a discourse which was all darkness to me; and, besides, sensible that the character of my interlocutor was beyond my penetration; at least, beyond its present reach; and feeling the uncertainty, the vague sense of insecurity, which accompanies a conviction of ignorance.” source

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