I would always rather be happy than dignified.
This quote belongs to Chapter 34, Page 491 of “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. It is the thought of Jane Eyre herself after her argument with St. John. That man, who is a zealous Christian seeing his mission in serving God, made her a proposal, but not because of love. He just needed a faithful helper in his missionary work. After Jane’s obvious refusal he treated her coldly and overly politely, thus torturing her with ignorance that replaced former warmth. When St. John’s sister Diana said Jane that he is waiting for her in the garden, Jane, thinking that she is not above apologizing yet again, even despite she still doesn’t want to marry St. John. She wants to be happy (reconciled with him) even if it means losing her dignity and asking for forgiveness while not feeling guilty.