10 Famous Victorian Quotes from Novels and Essays

Discover the timeless wisdom of the Victorian era with these famous inspirational quotes from some of its most influential figures.

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The Victorian era was a time of great change and progress, with advancements in science, technology, and social reform. It was also a time of great literature, with many famous writers, poets, and playwrights emerging during this period.

In this article, we will highlight several famous Victorian quotes that can serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for anyone looking to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a student, or a working professional, these words of wisdom from some of the most influential figures of the time can help you stay focused and motivated on your journey to success.

1
On Life

“I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”

– Emily Jane Brontë (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights

2
On Art

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.”

– Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), A Message to Garcia

3
On Time

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

– Charles Dickens (1812-1870), A Tale of Two Cities

4
On Challenges

“There is no education like adversity.”

– Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), Sybil

5
On Freedom

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”

– Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), Jane Eyre

6
On Adventure

“I am not a conqueror, but an adventurer. I want the great things of life, and the great things of life are not things, but the great things of the spirit.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Treasure Island

7
On Love

“Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.”

– Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), Little Women

8
On Growing Up

“All children, except one, grow up.”

– J.M. Barrie (1860-1937), Peter Pan

9
On Meaning

“We are all just a bunch of atoms in a void, but the void itself is a void no more.”

– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray

10
On Facts

“Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.”

– Charles Dickens (1812-1870), Bleak House
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