Quote of the Week: Charlotte Bronte

The quote of the week is one I have displayed in the room where I write. It comes from English novelist and poet, Charlotte Bronte.

Portrait of Charlotte Bronte by George Richmond
Portrait of Charlotte Bronte by George Richmond

The tragedies in Charlotte’s life support the notion that good writing often comes from a place of deep emotional pain. Charlotte’s mother died when she was just five years old, leaving Charlotte, her two older sisters, two younger sisters, and a younger brother to be cared for by her aunt. A few years later her father sent his four oldest daughters away to school where the conditions were so poor that the two older ones contracted tuberculosis and died.

It seems it was these tragedies that gave rise to the muse, that something that “strangely wills and works for itself.”

“The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master — something that at times strangely wills and works for itself.” ~ Charlotte Bronte