Everyone loves a strong female heroine. From protagonists to minor characters, here are twelve of the best quotes from women in literature.


1. Nora Helmer

“If I am ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone.”

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

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2. Blanche Dubois

“You know as well as I do that a single girl, a girl alone in the world, has got to keep a firm hold on her emotions or she’ll be lost!”

– A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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3. Charlotte Cavatica

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

– Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

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4. Mina Harker

“Our souls are knit into one, for all life and time.”

– Dracula by Bram Stoker

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5. Lara Guishar

“Children are unconstrainedly sincere and not ashamed of the truth, while we, from fear of seeming backward, are ready to betray what’s most dear, to praise the repulsive, and to say yes to the incomprehensible.”

– Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

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6. Antigone

“My nature is for mutual love, not hate.”

– Antigone by Sophocles 

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7. Catherine Earnshaw

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

– Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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8. Cosette

“When we hear voices that we love, we need not understand what they say.”

– Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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9. Esther Greenwood

“There is something demoralizing about watching two people get more and more crazy about each other, especially when you are the only extra person in the room.”

– The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath

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10. Anne Shirley

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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11. Dominique Francon

“Everything has strings leading to everything else. We’re all so tied together.”

– The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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12. Dorothea Brooke

“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult to each other?”

– Middlemarch by George Eliot

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