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Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable -
by Mary Wollstonecraft

Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable -
and life is more than a dream.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous,
who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The beginning is always today.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

 

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

It is time to effect a revolution in female manners -
time to restore to them their lost dignity.
It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose
virtues do not result from the exercise of its own reason.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Taught from 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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Children, I grant, should be innocent;
but when the epithet is applied to men,
or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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?
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it,
and there will be an end to blind obedience.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

No man chooses evil because it is evil;
he only mistakes it for happiness,
the good he seeks.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose -
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Women ought to have representatives,
instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct
share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

I do earnestly wish to see the distinction of sex confounded in society,
unless where love animates the behaviour.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings,
may, it is hoped, in this enlightened age,
be contested without danger.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Why is our fancy to be appalled by terrific perspectives
of a hell beyond the grave?
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Men and women must be educated, in a great degree,
by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that
is not obtained by its own exertions?
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
- The Buddha

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational
act that two people in love can commit.
- Bill Cosby

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

I begin with the principle that all men are bores.
Surely no one will prove himself
so great a bore as to contradict me in this.
- Soren Kierkegaard

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited
with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden
of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth.
It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.
- Jeremy Northam

If there's ever a place where you can't argue that
you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit,
it is surely in anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

Words, which are the dress of thoughts,
deserve surely more care than clothes,
which are only the dress of the person.
- Philip Stanhope

Surely, serious problems can't be solved just by talking about them.
- Nigel Short

Yet if anyone believes that the earth rotates,
surely he will hold that its motion is natural,
not violent.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough
wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations
between the two great nations on earth.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

That surely must be a concern to anyone who decides
this drug must be given to stop transmissions,
again from mother to child, which is extremely costly
and must be taken into account.
- Thabo Mbeki

It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup
of coffee than in front of a jury.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

What is at a peak is certain to decline.
He who shows his hand will surely be defeated.
He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of
his enemy's doubts is invincible.
- Cao Cao

If you could say of any one individual that the court
as an institution is the length and shadow of that individual,
surely it would be John Marshall.
- William Rehnquist

William Packard surely must be one of the great editors of our time.
- James Dickey

Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing.
- Vance Havner

Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided,
but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
- Christiane Collage

Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and
paying the price aren't things to think about any more.
All that matters is value - the ultimate value of what one does.
- James Hilton

If hard work were such a wonderful thing,
surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
- Joseph Kirkland

Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy,
which is our objective.
- Paul Biya

The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately
it destroys those who practice it.
Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others,
the light within them dies.
- Terry Waite

You were made perfectly to be loved -
and surely I have loved you,
in the idea of you, my whole life long.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Yes, you are running businesses, and yes,
we understand and accept that, but surely there must
be a level beyond which profit from news is simply indecent.
- Christiane Amanpour

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as
he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling.
Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.
- Norman Cousins

No man surely has so short a memory as the American.
- Rebecca H. Davis

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
- Thomas Paine

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

If men cease to believe that they will one day become
gods then they will surely become worms.
- Henry Miller

I cannot express it: but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is,
or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.
- Emily Bronte

The evening sings in a voice of amber,
the dawn is surely coming.
- Al Stewart

I didn't want to do anything my mother wanted me to
do so surely I wasn't going to sing for her.
- Linda Lavin

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy
surely takes the rest of the week.
- Alice Walker

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the
vehicle of novelists and poets.
- Christopher Morley

The stones themselves are thick with history,
and those cats that dash through the alleyways must
surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise.
- Erica Jong

Friendships that have stood the test of time and change are surely best.
- Joseph Parry

The end was surely near.
The Nazis killed you only when you were naked,
because they knew, psychologically, that naked people never resist.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Be careful what you set your heart upon -
for it will surely be yours.
- James A. Baldwin


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