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Mary Wollstonecraft (b. April 27): “It is vain to expect virtue from women until they are independent of men.”

27 Apr

Five Quotes: 

  1. The beginning is always today.
  2. Simplicity and sincerity generally go hand in hand, as both proceed from a love of truth.
  3. It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.
  4. 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.
  5. It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should only be organised dust – ready to fly abroad the moment the spring snaps, or the spark goes out, which kept it together. Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable – and life is more than a dream.


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