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Make women rational creatures, and free citizens, and they will quickly become good wives; - that is, if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.
It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust.
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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