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Mary Wollstonecraft Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
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Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
Women have seldom sufficient employment to silence their feelings; a round of little cares, or vain pursuits frittering away all strength of mind and organs, they become naturally only objects of sense.
Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
Women are degraded by the propensity to enjoy the present moment, and, at last, despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain.
Why is our fancy to be appalled by terrific perspectives of a hell beyond the grave?
What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason, the priests, secured such vast property to the church, when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself from the dark torments of purgatory.
Virtue can only flourish among equals.
The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
The beginning is always today.
Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream.
Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.
Slavery to monarchs and ministers, which the world will be long freeing itself from, and whose deadly grasp stops the progress of the human mind, is not yet abolished.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.
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.
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