57 Top “Wuthering Heights” Quotes That Will Haunt You

Photo of author
Updated on

Here are the 57 best handpicked quotes from “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë:

From “Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.” to “And I never knew such a faint-hearted creature.”

So if you want the best quotes from “Wuthering Heights,” then you’re in the right place.

Let’s get started!

Featured Wuth

My Favorite “Wuthering Heights” Quote


Treachery And

“Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.”

— Wuthering Heights

In this quote, we are reminded of how self-destructive treachery and violence are and even emphasizes that both acts are more harmful towards the perpetrator than the victim.

When we are let down by people, it’s easy to think about retaliating as a form of protecting and saving ourselves but we should also remember that we are also hurting ourselves within the process.

In this favorite quote of mine, Brontë once again poetically warns us that walking the path led by betrayal and violence has its own moral and ethical consequences that we may regret later on.

Best Handpicked Quotes From “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë


I Have Dreamt

“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. And this is one: I’m going to tell it – but take care not to smile at any part of it.

— Wuthering Heights


He Shall 1

“He shall never know I love him.”

— Wuthering Heights


Nelly I 1

“Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”

— Wuthering Heights


He Might

“He might as well plant an oak in a flower-pot and expect it to thrive, as imagine he can restore her to vigor in the soil of his shallow cares!”

— Wuthering Heights


Im Now

“I’m now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.”

— Wuthering Heights


But I 1

“But I begin to fancy you don’t like me. How strange! I thought, though everybody hated and despised each other, they could not avoid loving me.”

— Wuthering Heights


Guests Are

“Guests are so exceedingly rare in this house that I and my dogs, I am willing to own, hardly know how to receive them.”

— Wuthering Heights


He Wanted

“He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk.”

— Wuthering Heights


It Is Hard

“It is hard to forgive, and to look at those eyes, and feel those wasted hands,’ he answered. ‘Kiss me again; and don’t let me see your eyes! I forgive what you have done to me. I love my murderer—but yours! How can I?”

— Wuthering Heights


Misery And

“Misery and death and all the evils that God and man could have ever done would never have patted us.”

— Wuthering Heights


Heaven Did 1

“Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels grew so angry that they flung me out onto the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke to sob for joy.”

— Wuthering Heights


You Neednt

“You needn’t have touched me! I shall be as dirty as I please, and I like to be dirty, and I will be dirty.”

— Wuthering Heights


Time Brought

“Time brought resignation, and a melancholy sweeter than common joy.”

— Wuthering Heights


I Lingered

“I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”

— Wuthering Heights


A Wild

“A wild, wicked slip she was.”

— Wuthering Heights


A Person 1

“A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.”

— Wuthering Heights


Terror Made

“Terror made me cruel.”

— Wuthering Heights


It Is Not 1

“It is not in him to be loved like me: how can she love in him what he has not?”

— Wuthering Heights


I Seek

“I seek no revenge on you. That’s not the plan. The Tyrant grinds down his slaves, and they don’t turn against him; they crush those beneath them.”

— Wuthering Heights


It Is A

“It is a moral teething; and I grind with greater energy in proportion to the increase of pain.”

— Wuthering Heights


I Have No

“I have no pity! I have no pity! The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails!”

— Wuthering Heights


I Want 1

“I want you to be aware that I know you have treated me infernally—infernally! . . . and if you think I can be consoled by sweet words, you are an idiot: and if you fancy I’ll suffer unrevenged, I’ll convince you of the contrary, in a very little while!”

— Wuthering Heights


However Miserable 1

“However miserable you make us, we shall still have the revenge of thinking that your cruelty arises from your greater misery.”

— Wuthering Heights


If You 3

“If you have not the courage to attack him, make an apology or allow yourself to be beaten. It will correct you of feigning more valor than you possess.”

— Wuthering Heights


In My

“In my soul and in my heart, I’m convinced I’m wrong!”

— Wuthering Heights


You Are 2

“You are welcome to torture me to death for your amusement, only allow me to amuse myself a little in the same style, and refrain from insult as much as you are able.”

— Wuthering Heights


Are You 1

“‘Are you possessed with a devil,’ he pursued, savagely, ‘to talk in that manner to me when you are dying? Do you reflect that all those words will be branded in my memory, and eating deeper eternally after you have left me?‘”

— Wuthering Heights


Existence After

“Existence, after losing her, would be hell.”

— Wuthering Heights


I Gave

“I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.”

— Wuthering Heights


You Loved 1

“You loved me—then what right had you to leave me?”

— Wuthering Heights


You Teach 1

“You teach me now how cruel you’ve been—cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort.”

— Wuthering Heights


Do I

“Do I want to live? . . .Would you like to live with your soul in the grave?”

— Wuthering Heights


If You Ever

“If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.”

— Wuthering Heights


Im Wearing

“I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.”

— Wuthering Heights


In Every

“In every cloud, in every tree-filling the air at night, and caught by glimpses in every object, by day I am surrounded with her image!”

— Wuthering Heights


She Could

“She could be soft and mild as a dove, and she had a gentle voice and pensive expression: her anger was never furious; her love never fierce; it was deep and tender.”

— Wuthering Heights


You Know 3

“You know that I could as soon forget you as my existence!”

— Wuthering Heights


My Love 2

“My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary.”

— Wuthering Heights


They Forgot

“They forgot everything the minute they were together again.”

— Wuthering Heights


I Have 6

“I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”

— Wuthering Heights


Honest People

“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”

— Wuthering Heights


It Was 11

“It was not the thorn bending to the honeysuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the thorn.”

— Wuthering Heights


She Burned

“She burned too bright for this world.”

— Wuthering Heights


Be With 1

“Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

— Wuthering Heights


I Have To

“I have to remind myself to breathe — almost to remind my heart to beat!”

— Wuthering Heights


If All 1

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

— Wuthering Heights


If He 3

“If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”

— Wuthering Heights


I Wish 3

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.”

— Wuthering Heights


Hes More 1

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

— Wuthering Heights


Oh Ive

“Oh, I’ve endured very, very bitter misery, Nelly! If that creature knew how bitter, he’d be ashamed to cloud its removal with idle petulance. It was kindness for him which induced me to bear it alone . . . However, it’s over, and I’ll take no revenge on his folly.”

— Wuthering Heights


As Different

“As different as a moonbeam from lightning or frost from fire.”

— Wuthering Heights


It Would 3

“It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am.”

— Wuthering Heights


Small Features

“Small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck.”

— Wuthering Heights


Catherine Earnshaw

“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth.”

— Wuthering Heights


She Pledged

“She pledged her word, and kept it, for my sake after all, he was a sweet little girl.”

— Wuthering Heights


And I 1

“And I never knew such a faint-hearted creature.”

— Wuthering Heights