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    A house does not need a wife any more than it needs a husband.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: wife 
     
    The child learns more of the virtues needed in modern life-of fairness, of justice, of comradeship, of collective interest and action-in a common school than can be taught in the most perfect family circle
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    The time is approaching when we shall consider it abhorrent to our civilization to allow a human being to die in prolonged agony which we should mercifully end in any other creature.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: time  human  civilization  die 
     
    Let us inquire what glory there was in an omnipotent being torturing forever a puny little creature who could in no way defend himself? Would it be to the glory of a man to fry ants?
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: men  forever 
     
    One religion after another has accepted and perpetuated man's original mistake in making a private servant of the mother of the race.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: mistakes  mother  race 
     
    A normal feminine influence in recasting our religious assumptions will do more than any other one thing to improve the world.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    The children in this country are the one center and focus of all our thoughts. Every step of our advance is always considered in its effect on them-on the race. You see, we are MOTHERS, she repeated, as if in that she had said it all.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Through it [literature] we know the past, govern the present, and influence the future.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    It is the duty of youth to bring fresh new powers to bear on Social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should life the world forward. That is what they are for.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: people  youth  power  world  young  progress 
     
    When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: world  right  birth  evolution  mother  race 
     
    It would have saved trouble had I remained Perkins from the first, this changing of women's names is a nuisance we are now happily outgrowing.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: time  eternity 
     
    Love grows by service.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: service 
     
    We all need one another; much and often. Just as every human creature needs a place to be alone in, a sacred, private "home" of his own, so all human creatures need a place to be together in, from the two who can show each other their souls uninterruptedly, to the largest throng that can throb and stir in unison.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: human  soul  alone  sacred 
     
    [Warfare is] maleness in its absurdest extremes. Here is to be studied the whole gamut of basic masculinity, from the initial instinct of combat, through every form of glorious ostentation, with the loudest accompaniment of noise.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: extreme  instinct 
     
    A man's honor always seems to want to kill a woman to satisfy it.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: women  honor 
     
    To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: human  weakness  mind 
     
    The peculiarity of all death-based religions is that their subject-matter is entirely outside of facts. Men could think and think, talk and argue, advance, deny, assert, and controversy, and write innumerable books, without being hampered at any time by any fact.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: time  men  facts  book  write 
     
    The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: men  women  society  wealth  economics 
     
    We grovel and "worship" and pray to God to do what we ourselves ought to have done a thousand years ago, and can do now, as soon as we choose.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: god  pray  year 
     
    Life is a verb, not a noun.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Fine blunderers in ethics we are, so generally conveying to children the basic impression that pleasantness must be wrong, and right doing unpleasant!
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: children  ethics  right  child  wrong 
     
    California is a state peculiarly addicted to swift enthusiasms. It is a seed-bed of all manner of cults and theories, taken up, and dropped, with equal speed.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Concepts antedate facts.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: facts 
     
    At any given period in history the ideas of the common mind are found to antedate the facts. The facts of the twentieth century are approached with the ideas, feelings, prejudices of the tenth.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: prejudice  facts  mind  ideas 
     
    The original necessity for the ceaseless presence of the woman to maintain that altar fire - and it was an altar fire in very truth at one period - has passed with the means of prompt ignition; the matchbox has freed the housewife from that incessant service, but the feeling that women should stay at home is with us yet.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: truth  women  fire  service 
     
    A man does not have to stay at home all day, in order to love it; why should a woman?
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: men 
     
    all social relations exist and grow in the human mind. That one despot can rule over a million other men rests absolutely on their state of mind. They believe that he does; let them change their minds, and he does not.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: men  believe  human  rules  mind 
     
    Habits of thought persist through the centuries; and while a healthy brain may reject the doctrine it no longer believes, it will continue to feel the same sentiments formerly associated with that doctrine.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    A family unity which is only bound together with a table-cloth is of questionable value.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: value 
     
    The soaring, imaginative minds of men, constructing lofty, shimmering piles of abstract thought, and taking as their postulate a revelation from God, gaveus relgions which coule not possible maintained without belief and obedience: ... we find them most permanent and changeless among people who make the least effort to swquare their beliefs with the laws of life.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: belief  men  people  thoughts  law  god  mind 
     
    The stony-minded orthodox were right in fearing the first movement of new knowledge and free thought. It has gone on, and will go on, irresistibly, until some day we shall have no respect for an alleged "truth" which cannot stand the full blaze of knowledge, the full force of active thought.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: thoughts  respect  right  gone 
     
    To-day there is hardly a woman of intelligence in all America ... who is not definitely and actively concerned in some social interest, who does not recognize some duty besides those incident to her own blood relationship.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    I do not want to be a fly,I want to be a worm!
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Said I, in scorn all burning hot,In rage and anger high,"You ignominious idiot,Those wings are made to fly!
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: anger  wings 
     
    A million million worlds that move in peace;A million mighty laws that never cease;And one small ant-heap, hidden by small weeds,Rich with eggs, slaves and store of millet-seeds.They sleep beneath the sodAnd trust in God.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: world  trust  sleep  law  god 
     
    I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: time 
     
    There's heaven. There it is. What more do we mean? People, free to come together, and in beauty - for growth.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: beauty  people  growth  heaven 
     
    Many years later I was told that the great specialist had admitted to friends of his that he had altered his treatment of neurasthenia since reading The Yellow Wallpaper.It was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked.
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: people  friends  crazy  reading  year 
     
    What would have been the effect upon religion if it had come to us through the minds of women?
    — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    tags: mind 
     
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