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Mary Wollstonecraft Quotes and Sayings

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Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Related topics: Equality

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The beginning is always today.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

The only reward of virtue is virtue;
the only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked
than it is loved by the good.
- The Buddha

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

What most persons consider as virtue,
after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes,
but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
- Alfred North Whitehead

I design for real people.
I think of our customers all the time.
There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing
or accessories that are not practical.
- Giorgio Armani

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
- David Starr Jordan

The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
- Ayn Rand

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love,
truth, virtue, and beauty.
- Shinichi Suzuki

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

Justice is rather the activity of truth,
than a virtue in itself.
Truth tells us what is due to others,
and justice renders that due.
Injustice is acting a lie.
- Horace Walpole

The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
- Baruch Spinoza

Vice, in its true light, is so deformed,
that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us,
if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
- Lord Chesterfield

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to
maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles,
the character of an honest man.
- George Washington

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady,
but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
- Charles Revson

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune;
for they are impediments to great enterprises,
either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon

Virtue alone has majesty in death.
- Edward Young

Nobility, without virtue, is a fine setting without a gem.
- Jane Porter


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