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Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.
In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of its own reason.
In every age there has been a stream of popular opinion that has carried all before it, and given a family character, as it were, to the century.
If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test. If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?
I love my man as my fellow; but his scepter, real, or usurped, extends not to me, unless the reason of an individual demands my homage; and even then the submission is to reason, and not to man.
I do earnestly wish to see the distinction of sex confounded in society, unless where love animates the behaviour.
How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?
Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
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