"Villette is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power." --George Eliot
"There are so few books, and so many volumes. Among the few stands Villette." --George Henry Lewes
"It is her finest novel. All her force, and it is the more tremendous for being constricted, goes into the assertion, 'I love. I hate. I suffer.'" --Virginia Woolf
The Daily Telegraph, 21 Apr 2014, Lucy Hughes-Hallett : "Charlotte Brontë : Why Villette is better than Jane Eyre"