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? Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil. The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason. Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience. Do you not acta similar part, when you force all women, by denying them civil and political rights, to remain immured in their families groping in the dark?”, “It is far better to be often deceived than never to trust; to be disappointed in love, than never to love.”, Quote #46“Only that education deserves emphatically to be termed cultivation of the mind which teaches young people how to begin to think.”, Quote #47“Those who are bold enough to advance before the age they live in...must learn to brave censure.”, Quote #48“Every glance afforded colouring for the picture she was delineating on her heart.”, Quote #49“She was ashamed at feeling disappointed; and began to reflect, as an excuse to herself, on the little objects which attract attention when there is nothing to divert the mind; and how difficult it was for women to avoid growing romantic, who have no active duties or pursuits.”, Quote #50“Men, in general, seem to employ their reason to justify prejudices...rather than to root them out.”. Her writings initially weren’t that popular but as time passed they became more prevalent.
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.
In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of its own reason. 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. Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream. Quote #1 “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.”, “I love 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.”, “Simplicity and sincerity generally go hand in hand, as both proceed from a love of truth.”, “...men endeavor to sink us still lower, merely to render us alluring objects for a moment; and women, intoxicated by the adoration which men, under the influence of their senses, pay them, do not seek to obtain a durable interest in their hearts, or to become the friends of the fellow creatures who find amusement in their society.”, “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.”, “Weakness may excite tenderness, and gratify the arrogant pride of man; but the lordly caresses of a protector will not gratify a noble mind that pants for, and deserves to be respected. But let them beware of the consequences: the tyranny of wealth is still more galling and debasing than that of rank.”, “It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world!”, “And, perhaps, in the education of both sexes, the most difficult task is so to adjust instruction as not to narrow the understanding, whilst the heart is warmed by the generous juices of spring . She was known for her desire to see women have an equal opportunity for an education.
They are all running the same race, and would rise above the virtue of morals, if they did not view each other with a suspicious and even envious eye.”, “How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?”, “The conduct and manners of women, in fact, evidently prove that their minds are not in a healthy state; for, like the flowers which are planted in too rich a soil, strenght state; usefulness are sacrificed to beauty; and the flaunting leaves, after having pleased a fastidious eye, fade, disregarded on the stalk, long before the season when they ought to have arrived at maturity.”, “Love from its very nature must be transitory.
To seek for a secret that would render it constant would be as wild a search as for the philosopher’s stone or the grand panacea: and the discovery would be equally useless, or rather pernicious to mankind. Mary Wollstonecraft was an English activist for women’s rights, philosopher, and writer. 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.
I hope something she said would be a means of inspiring and motivating others. nor to dry up the feelings by employing the mind in investigations remote from life.”, “For any kind of reading I think better than leaving a blank still a blank, because the mind must receive a degree of enlargement and obtain a little strength by a slight exertion of its thinking powers; besides, even the productions that are only addressed to the imagination, raise the reader a little above the gross gratification of appetites, to which the mind has not given a shade of delicacy.”, “Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowlegde of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper; outward obedience, and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of proptiety, will obtain for them the protection of man; and should they be beautiful, every thing else is needless, for, at least, twenty years of their lives.”, “Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to their sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.”, “I like to see your eyes praise me and, during such recitals, there are interruptions, not ungrateful to the heart, when the honey that drops from the lips is not merely words.”, “Maria was not permitted to walk in the garden; but sometimes, from her window, she turned her eyes from the gloomy walls, in which she pined life away, on the poor wretches who strayed along the walks, and contemplated the most terrific of ruins — that of a human soul.”, “The power of generalizing ideas, of drawing comprehensive conclusions from individual observations, is the only acquirement, for an immortal being, that really deserves the name of knowledge.”, “Into this error men have, probably, been led by viewing education in a false light; not considering it as the first step to form a being advancing gradually towards perfection; but only as a preparation for life.”, “Yet women, whose minds are not enlarged by cultivation, or in whom the natural selfishness of sensibility hasn’t been expanded by reflection, are very unfit to manage a family, because they always stretch their power and use tyranny to maintain a superiority that rests on nothing but the arbitrary distinction of fortune.”, “Happy would it be for women, if they were only flattered by the men who loved them; I mean, who love the individual, not the sex.”, “In this style, argue tyrants of every denomination, from the weak king to the weak father of a family; they are all eager to crush reason; yet always assert that they usurp its throne only to be useful.
Mary Wollstonecraft quotes talk about relationships between men and women and inequality among the sexes. She was very verbal about the rights of women and contributed heavily to this situation in her writings. “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”, “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”, “[I]f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.”, “Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”, “It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.”, “No man chooses evil because it is evil; he just mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”, “I never wanted but your heart--that gone, you have nothing more to give.”, “Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time.”, “I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners. I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.”, “I love 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.”, “Simplicity and sincerity generally go hand in hand, as both proceed from a love of truth.”, “...men endeavor to sink us still lower, merely to render us alluring objects for a moment; and women, intoxicated by the adoration which men, under the influence of their senses, pay them, do not seek to obtain a durable interest in their hearts, or to become the friends of the fellow creatures who find amusement in their society.”, “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.”, “Weakness may excite tenderness, and gratify the arrogant pride of man; but the lordly caresses of a protector will not gratify a noble mind that pants for, and deserves to be respected. Why is our fancy to be appalled by terrific perspectives of a hell beyond the grave? 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.
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