110 Wuthering Heights Quotes on Destructive Love

If you are a fan of Gothic fiction, don’t miss out on these Wuthering Heights quotes.

Wuthering Heights is a novel published in 1847 by Emily Bronte. It tells the story of how the Earnshaw family’s adopted son and the Lintons take on moral, religious, and social challenges.

In this quote collection, we’ve prepared the best lines from the novel that will teach you about love.

So, if you are a fan of romance or Emily Bronte, then this one’s perfect for you.

Let’s get started.

And make sure to read these Velveteen Rabbit quotes and Anne of Green Gables quotes.

Best Wuthering Heights Quotes

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.” – Catherine Earnshaw

2. “He shall never know I love him, and that, not because he’s handsome, but because he’s more myself than I am.” – Catherine Earnshaw

3. “I have not broken your heart—you have broken it, and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” – Catherine Earnshaw

4. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Catherine Earnshaw

5. “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?” – Heathcliff 

6. “My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods—time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath—a source of little visible delight, but necessary.” – Catherine Earnshaw

7. “Two words would comprehend my future—death and hell. Existence after losing her would be hell. Yet, I was a fool to fancy for a moment that she valued Edgar Linton’s attachment more than mine. 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.” – Heathcliff 

8. “I wish I were out of doors! I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free, and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them!” – Catherine Earnshaw

9. “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!” – Heathcliff 

10. “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. 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 cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” – Heathcliff 

11. “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 no power to feel for him.” – Isabella Linton

12. “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—I said I should fall asleep in his, and he said he could not breathe in mine.” – Catherine Earnshaw

13. “I wish I had light hair, and a fair skin, and was dressed, and behaved as well, and had a chance of being as rich as he will be!” – Heathcliff 

14. “I hate him for himself, but despise him for the memories he revives.” – Catherine Earnshaw

15. “Terror made me cruel and, finding it useless to attempt shaking the creature off, I pulled its wrist on to the broken pane and rubbed it, to and fro, till the blood ran down and soaked the bedclothes—still, it wailed, ‘Let me in!'” – Mr Lockwood

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Remarkable Wuthering Heights Quotes

16. “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 colour of my mind. And this is one—I’m going to tell it—but take care not to smile at any part of it.” – Catherine Earnshaw

17. “I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society—be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.” – Mr Lockwood

18. “Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you—oh, God! Would you like to lie with your soul in the grave?” – Heathcliff

19. “Time brought resignation, and a melancholy sweeter than common joy.” – Nelly Dean

20. “The entire world is a collection of memoranda that she did exist and that I have lost her.” – Heathcliff

21. “I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat!” – Heathcliff

22. “Are you possessed with a devil 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?” – Heathcliff

23. “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.” – Heathcliff

24. “Any relic of the dead is precious if they were valued living.” – Mr Lockwood

25. “Honest people don’t hide their deeds.” – Nelly Dean

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

27. “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.” – Mr Lockwood

28. “It was not the thorn bending to the honeysuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the thorn.” – Nelly Dean

29. “Wish and learn to smooth away the surly wrinkles, to raise your lids frankly, and change the fiends to confident, innocent angels, suspecting and doubting nothing, and always seeing friends where they are not sure of foes.” – Nelly Dean

30. “She burned too bright for this world.” – Mr Lockwood

Twisted Wuthering Heights Quotes About Love

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

32. “I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry, and wring out my kisses and tears. They’ll blight you. They’ll damn you. You loved me—what right had you to leave me? What right, answer me, for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it.” – Heathcliff 

33. “And Catherine has a heart as deep as I have. The sea could be as readily contained in that horse-trough as her whole affection be monopolized by him. It is not in him to be loved like me. How can she love in him what he has not?” – Heathcliff

34. “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.” – Catherine Earnshaw

35. “It is hard to forgive, and to look at those eyes, and feel those wasted hands, 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?” – Heathcliff

36. “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.” – Catherine Earnshaw

37. “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.” – Heathcliff

38. “You know that I could as soon forget you as my existence!” – Heathcliff

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

40. “She was much too fond of Heathcliff. The greatest punishment we could invent for her was to keep her separate from him. Yet, she got chided more than any of us on his account.” – Mr Lockwood

41. “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.” – Catherine Earnshaw

42. “In whichever place the soul lives, in my soul and in my heart, I’m convinced I’m wrong!” – Catherine Earnshaw

43. “Linton is all I have to love in the world, and though you have done what you could to make him hateful to me and me to him, you cannot make us hate each other. And I defy you to hurt him when I am by, and I defy you to frighten me!” – Catherine Earnshaw

44. “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.” – Nelly Dean

45. “We’ve braved its ghosts often together and dared each other to stand among the graves and ask them to come. But, Heathcliff, if I dare you now, will you venture? If you do, I’ll keep you. I’ll not lie there by myself. They may bury me twelve feet deep and throw the church down over me, but I won’t rest ’till you are with me. I never will!” – Catherine Earnshaw

Dark Wuthering Heights Quotes That Will Give You Goosebumps

46. “I’m tired of being enclosed here. 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.” – Catherine Earnshaw

47. “Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends. They wound those who resort to them, worse than their enemies.” – Isabella Linton

48. “A person who has not done one half his day’s work by 10 o’clock runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.” – Nelly Dean

49. “You know as well as I do, that for every thought she spends on Linton, she spends a thousand on me!” – Heathcliff

50. “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.” – Catherine Earnshaw

51. “Pray, don’t imagine that he conceals depths of benevolence and affection beneath a stern exterior! He’s not a rough diamond, a pearl containing oyster of a rustic. He’s a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man.” – Catherine Earnshaw

52. “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 valour than you possess.” – Catherine Earnshaw

53. “Heaven did not seem to be my home, and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth, and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights—where I woke sobbing for joy.” – Catherine Earnshaw

54. “My confessions have not relieved me, but they may account for some otherwise unaccountable phases of humour which I show. Oh, God! It is a long fight. I wish it were over!” – Heathcliff

55. “Why, how very black and cross you look! And how—how funny and grim!” – Catherine Earnshaw

Unforgettable Wuthering Heights Quotes You Can Relate To

56. “I was frightened, and Mrs Earnshaw was ready to fling it out of doors. She did fly up, asking how he could fashion to bring that gipsy brat into the house when they had their own bairns to feed and fend for?” – Heathcliff

57. “We must be for ourselves in the long run. The mild and generous are only more justly selfish than the domineering.” – Mr Lockwood

58. “A wild, wicked slip she was.” – Mr Lockwood

59. “I have no pity! I have no pity! The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails! It is a moral teething, and I grind with greater energy in proportion to the increase of pain.” – Heathcliff

60. “You fight against that devil for love as long as you may. When the time comes, not all the angels in heaven shall save him.” – Hindley Earnshaw

61. “‘Yes, you had the reason of going to bed with a proud heart and an empty stomach,’ said I. ‘Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. But, if you be ashamed of your touchiness, you must ask pardon, mind, when she comes in.’” – Nelly Dean

62. “Let him dare to force you. There’s law in the land, thank God! There is, though we be in an out-of-the-way place. I’d inform if he were my own son, and it’s felony without benefit of clergy!” – Nelly Dean

63. “Small features, very fair, flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck.” – Catherine Earnshaw

64. “Tell her what Heathcliff is—an unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation, an arid wilderness of furze and whin stone.” – Catherine Earnshaw

65. “Have you considered how you’ll bear the separation and how he’ll bear to be quite deserted in the world?” – Nelly Dean

66. “My son is prospective owner of your place, and I should not wish him to die ’till I was certain of being his successor. Besides, he’s mine, and I want the triumph of seeing my descendant fairly lord of their estates. My child hiring their children to ’till their fathers’ lands for wages. That is the sole consideration which can make me endure the whelp.” – Linton Heathcliff

67. “I have a right to kiss her if she chooses, and you have no right to object. I am not your husband—you needn’t be jealous of me!” – Heathcliff

68. “I began to feel unmistakably out of place in that pleasant family circle.” – Mr Lockwood

69. “Should the meanest thing alive slap me on the cheek, I’d not only turn the other, but I’d ask pardon for provoking it, and, as a proof, I’ll go make my peace with Edgar instantly. Goodnight! I’m an angel!” – Catherine Earnshaw

70. “About 12 o’clock that night was born the Catherine you saw at Wuthering Heights—a puny, seven months’ child, and two hours after the mother died, having never recovered sufficient consciousness to miss Heathcliff or know Edgar.” – Mr Lockwood

Passionate Wuthering Heights Quotes

71. “Hindley wished earnestly to see her bring honour to the family by an alliance with the Lintons, and as long as she let him alone, she might trample on us like slaves, for aught he cared!” – Hindley Earnshaw

72. “Yet, still, I don’t like being out in the dark now, and I don’t like being left by myself in this grim house. I cannot help it. I shall be glad when they leave it and shift to the Grange.” – Nelly Dean

73. “A half-civilized ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued, and his manner was even dignified. Quite divested of roughness, though stern for grace.” – Heathcliff

74. “If the dead villain could rise from his grave to abuse me for his offspring’s wrongs, I should have the fun of seeing the said offspring fight him back again, indignant that he should dare to rail at the one friend he has in the world!” – Heathcliff

75. “I shall be your father tomorrow—all the father you’ll have in a few days—and you shall have plenty of that.” – Heathcliff

76. “Hardly more than a year ago. Last winter, I did not think, at another twelve months’ end, I should be amusing a stranger to the family with relating them! Yet, who knows how long you’ll be a stranger?” – Nelly Dean

77. “The intimacy thus commenced grew rapidly, though it encountered temporary interruptions. Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher and no paragon of patience, but both their minds tending to the same point—one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed—they contrived in the end to reach it.” – Nelly Dean

78. “But Mr Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living. He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress, and manners a gentleman, that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire.” – Mr Lockwood

79. “Frightful thing! Put him in the cellar, papa. He’s exactly like the son of the fortune-teller that stole my tame pheasant. Isn’t he, Edgar?” – Isabella Linton

80. “And I pray that he may break your neck, take him, and he damned, you beggarly interloper! And wheedle my father out of all he has. Only afterwards show him what you are, imp of Satan.” – Hindley Earnshaw

81. “I want you to be aware that I know you have treated me infernally—infernally! Do you hear? And if you flatter yourself that I don’t perceive it, you are a fool, and if you think I can be consoled by sweet words, you are an idiot.” – Heathcliff

82. “She abandoned her home under a delusion, picturing in me a hero of romance, and expecting unlimited indulgences from my chivalrous devotion.” – Heathcliff

83. “They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in their room, and I had no more sense, so I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it might. He gone on the morrow. By chance, or else attracted by hearing his voice, it crept to Mr Earnshaw’s door, and there he found it on quitting his chamber. This was Heathcliff’s first introduction to the family.” – Nelly Dean

84. “We don’t, in general, take to foreigners here, Mr Lockwood, unless they take to us first.” – Nelly Dean

85. “Were I in your place, I would frame high notions of my birth, and the thoughts of what I was should give me courage and dignity to support the oppressions of a little farmer!” – Nelly Dean

Wuthering Heights Quotes That Will Disturb You

86. “Why, she’s a liar to the end! Where is she? Not there—not in heaven—not perished—where? Oh! You said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—may she wake in torment!” – Heathcliff

87. “You’re fit for a prince in disguise. Who knows but your father was Emperor of China, and your mother an Indian queen, each of them able to buy up, with one week’s income, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange together? And you were kidnapped by wicked sailors and brought to England.” – Nelly Dean

88. “He has been blaming our father for treating Heathcliff too liberally and swears he will reduce him to his right place.” – Catherine Earnshaw

89. “I have a strong faith in ghosts. I have a conviction that they can, and do, exist among us!” – Heathcliff

90. “Don’t get the expression of a vicious cur that appears to know the kicks it gets are its desert, and yet, hates all the world, as well as the kicker, for what it suffers.” – Nelly Dean

91. “I never saw Heathcliff last night, and if you do turn him out of doors, I’ll go with him. But, perhaps, you’ll never have an opportunity. Perhaps, he’s gone.” – Catherine Earnshaw

92. “Nay, you’ll not drive me off again. You were really sorry for me, were you? Well, there was cause. I’ve fought through a bitter life since I last heard your voice, and you must forgive me, for I struggled only for you!” – Heathcliff

93. “Is he a ghoul or a vampire? But where did he come from, the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his bane?” – Nelly Dean

94. “Is it not sufficient for your infernal selfishness that while you are at peace, I shall writhe in the torments of hell?” – Catherine Earnshaw

95. “I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!” – Heathcliff

96. “I meditated this plan—just to have one glimpse of your face, a stare of surprise, perhaps, and pretended pleasure. Afterwards, settle my score with Hindley.” – Heathcliff

97. “I suppose that she wanted to get another proof that the place was haunted, at my expense. Well, it is—swarming with ghosts and goblins! You have reason in shutting it up, I assure you. No one will thank you for a doze in such a den!” – Mr Lockwood

98. “I was superstitious about dreams then, and am still, and Catherine had an unusual gloom in her aspect that made me dread something from which I might shape a prophecy and foresee a fearful catastrophe.” – Nelly Dean

99. “Is Mr Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? If not, is he a devil?” – Isabella Linton

100. “I’ll try to break their hearts by breaking my own.” – Catherine Earnshaw

More Wuthering Heights Quotes to Help You Appreciate the Novel Better

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

102. “But who is this? Where did she pick up this companion? I declare he is that strange acquisition my late neighbour made, in his journey to Liverpool—a little Lascar, or an American or Spanish castaway.” – Edgar Linton

103. “I get levers and mattocks to demolish the two houses and train myself to be capable of working like Hercules, and when everything is ready and in my power, I find the will to lift a slate off either roof has vanished! My old enemies have not beaten me. Now would be the precise time to revenge myself, but where is the use? I don’t care for striking. I have lost the faculty of enjoying their destruction, and I am too idle to destroy for nothing.” – Heathcliff

104. “I obeyed, so far as to quit the chamber. When ignorant where the narrow lobbies led, I stood still, and was witness, involuntarily, to a piece of superstition on the part of my landlord which belied, oddly, his apparent sense.” – Heathcliff

105. “They won’t do that. If they did, you must have me removed secretly, and if you neglect it you shall prove, practically, that the dead are not annihilated!” – Heathcliff

106. “Oh, damnation! I will have it back, and I’ll have his gold too, and then, his blood and hell shall have his soul! It will be 10 times blacker with that guest than ever it was before!” – Hindley Earnshaw

107. “No, I’ll not die—he’d be glad—he does not love me at all—he would never miss me!” – Catherine Linton

108. “You are a hypocrite, too, are you? A deliberate deceiver.” – Nelly Dean

109. “She had no breath for speaking. I brought a glass full, and as she would not drink, I sprinkled it on her face. In a few seconds, she stretched herself out stiff, and turned up her eyes, while her cheeks, at once, blanched and livid, assumed the aspect of death.” – Emily Bronte, Author

110. “Misery and death, and all the evils that God and man could have ever done would never have patted us.” – Emily Bronte, Author

Did This Collection Inspire You to Be Independent?

It is obvious that Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw are destructive to each other. Their relationship dynamic is one that’s full of codependency and obsession. In contrast, Catherine Linton and Hareton Earnshaw’s relationship is built on mutual respect. 

Each one of us can touch the hearts of people if we choose to be kind to ourselves. The kindness in Emily Bronte’s novel is a message on the importance of loving and respecting ourselves.

True love is supposed to feel safe and comfortable, and it also starts in each one of us. To be independent while being in a relationship is possible. We hope that you learned a lot in this collection too. 

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