I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
—Simone de Beauvoir (via observando)
On a day like today, but in 1816, Charlotte Brontë was born. She is the author of a beautiful novel called Jane Eyre and sister of Emily Brontë, who wrote Wunthering Heights. This is one of my favourites quotes of her:
"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."
Happy birthday, Charlotte.