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    The highest condition of the religious sentiment is when. . . the worshiper not only sees God everywhere, but sees nothing which is not full of God.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: god  religious 
     
    [On being deaf:] How much less pain there is in calmly estimating the enjoyments from which we must separate ourselves, of bravely saying, for once and for ever, 'Let them go,' than in feeling them waste and dwindle, till their very shadows escape from our grasp!
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: pain  saying 
     
    All people interested in their work are liable to overrate their vocation. There may be makers of dolls' eyes who wonder how society would go on without them.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: people  work  society  wonder  eyes 
     
    My business in life has been to think and learn, and to speak out with absolute freedom what I have thought and learned. The freedom is itself a positive and never-failing enjoyment to me, after the bondage of my early life.
    — Harriet Martineau
    I have no sympathy for those who, under any pressure of circumstances, sacrifice their heart's-love for legal prostitution.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: sacrifice 
     
    influence which is given on the side of money is usually against truth.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: truth  influence  money 
     
    The progression of emancipation of any class usually, if not always, takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class.
    — Harriet Martineau
    I never did a right thing or abstained from a wrong one from any consideration of reward or punishment.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: right  wrong  punishment 
     
    Self-denial is taught much better by inspiring the love of our neighbor, than by the prohibition of innocent comforts and pleasures. Spirituality is much better taught by making spiritual things the objects of supreme desire, than by commanding an ostentatious avoidance of the enjoyments of life.
    — Harriet Martineau
    it matters infinitely less what we do than what we are.
    — Harriet Martineau
    Happiness consists in the full employment of our faculties in some pursuit.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: happiness 
     
    We are not responsible for our feelings, as we are for our principles and actions. ... Our care, then, should be to look to our principles, and to avoid all anxiety about our emotions. Their nature can never be wrong where our course of action is right, and for their degree we are not responsible.
    — Harriet Martineau
    I hope and believe my co-religionists understand and admit that I disclaim their theology in toto, and that by no twisting of language or darkening of its meanings can I be made to have any thing whatever in common with them about religious matters... they must take my word for it that there is nothing in common between their theology and my philosophy.
    — Harriet Martineau
    I saw no poor men, except a few intemperate ones. I saw some very poor women; but God and man know that the time has not come for women to make their injuries even heard of.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: time  men  women  poor  god 
     
    I certainly had no idea how little faith Christians have in their own faith till I saw how ill their courage and temper can stand any attack on it.
    — Harriet Martineau
    Marriage ... is still the imperfect institution it must remain while women continue to be ill-educated, passive, and subservient ...
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: women  marriage 
     
    You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: live  tomorrow 
     
    The imagination, once awakened, must and will work, and ought to work
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: work  imagination 
     
    My own feeling of concern arises from seeing how much moral injury and suffering is created by the superstitions of the Christian mythology.
    — Harriet Martineau
    It is hard to tell which is worse; the wide diffusion of things that are not true, or the suppression of things that are true.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: true 
     
    Women, like men, must be educated with a view to action, or their studies cannot be called education.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: men  women  action  education 
     
    Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.
    — Harriet Martineau
    The sick-room becomes the scene of intense convictions; and among these, none, it seems to me, is more distinct and powerful than that of the permanent nature of good, and the transient nature of evil.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: evil  nature  powerful 
     
    It is characteristic of genius to be hopeful and aspiring. It is characteristic of genius to break up the artificial arrangements of conventionalism, and to view mankind in true perspective, in their gradations of inherent rather than of adventitious worth. Genius is therefore essentially democratic, and has always been so ...
    — Harriet Martineau
    If the national mind of America be judged of by its legislation, it is of a very high order ... If the American nation be judged of by its literature, it may be pronounced to have no mind at all.
    — Harriet Martineau
    it is the worst humiliation and grievance of the suffering, that they cause suffering.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: suffering 
     
    There have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: mind 
     
    Men who pass most comfortably through this world are those who possess good digestions and hard hearts.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: men  heart  world 
     
    It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: nature  human  opinion 
     
    I am sure that no traveler seeing things through author spectacles can see them as they are.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: seeing  author 
     
    If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.
    — Harriet Martineau
    I think that few people are aware how early it is right to respect the modesty of an infant.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: people  respect  right 
     
    Scarcely anything that I observed in the United States caused me so much sorrow as the contemptuous estimate of the people entertained by those who were bowing the knee to be permitted to serve them.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: people  sorrow 
     
    Wherever the appearance of a conventional aristocracy exists in America, it must arise from wealth, as it cannot from birth. An aristocracy of mere wealth is vulgar everywhere. In a republic, it is vulgar in the extreme.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: birth  america  wealth  extreme 
     
    I would not exchange my freedom from old superstition, if I were to be burned at the stake next month, for all the peace and quiet of orthodoxy, if I must take the orthodoxy with peace and quiet.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: peace  freedom 
     
    During the present interval between the feudal age and the coming time, when life and its occupations will be freely thrown open to women as to men, the condition of the female working classes is such that if its sufferings were but made known, emotions of horror and shame would tremble through the whole of society.
    — Harriet Martineau
    While feeling far less injured by toil than my friends took for granted I must be, I yet was always aware of the strong probability that my life would end as the lives of hard literary workers usually end, - in paralysis, with months or years of imbecility.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: live  friends  strong  year 
     
    This noble word [women], spirit-stirring as it passes over English ears, is in America banished, and 'ladies' and 'females' substituted: the one to English taste mawkish and vulgar; the other indistinctive and gross.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: america  noble 
     
    It never enters the lady's head that the wet-nurse's baby probably dies.
    — Harriet Martineau
    tags: die 
     
    Must love be ever treated with profaneness as a mere illusion? or with coarseness as a mere impulse? or with fear as a mere disease? or with shame as a mere weakness? or with levity as a mere accident? whereas it is a great mystery and a great necessity, lying at the foundation of human existence, morality, and happiness,-mysterious, universal, inevitable as death.
    — Harriet Martineau
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