Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you… Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. We are, and must be one and all… I hold another creed; which no one ever taught me, and which I seldom mention; but in which I delight, and to which I cling: for it extends hope to all: it makes Eternity a rest- a mighty home, not a terror and an abyss. Besides, with this creed, I can so clearly distinguish the criminal and his crime; I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last: with this creed revenge never worries my heart… I live in calm, looking to the end.
Helen Burns, from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (via unashamedintrovert)