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    A young sailor boy came to see me to-day. It pleases me to have these lads seek me on their return from their first voyage, and tell me how much they have learned about navigation.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: young  boys 
     
    I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: travel  men  alone  courage 
     
    Women, more than men, are bound by tradition and authority. What the father, the brother, the doctor, and the minister have said has been received undoubtingly. Until women throw off this reverence for authority they will not develop.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: men  women  authority  father  doctor 
     
    I would as soon put a girl alone into a closet to meditate as give her only the society of her needle.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: society  alone  girls 
     
    To read a book, to think it over, and to write out notes is a useful exercise; a book which will not repay some hard thought is not worth publishing.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: thoughts  book  write  read  worth 
     
    The eye that directs a needle in the delicate meshes of embroidery will equally well bisect a star with the spiderweb of the micrometer.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: star  eyes 
     
    Yesterday I had a Shaker visitor, and today a Catholic; and the more I see and hear, the less do I care about church doctrines.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: care  church 
     
    As a general rule, people disappoint you as you know them.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: people  rules 
     
    Why can a man not act himself, be himself, and think for himself? It seems to me that naturalness alone is power; that a borrowed word is weaker than our own weakness, however small we may be.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: men  alone  weakness 
     
    The greatest object in educating is to give a right habit of study.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: right 
     
    Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: nature  law  praise  god 
     
    We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: travel  thoughts 
     
    When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: star  care 
     
    In my younger days, when I was painted by the half-educated, loose and inaccurate ways women had, I used to say, "How much women need exact science" But since I have known some workers in science, I have now said, "How much science needs women"
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: women 
     
    A sphere is made up of not one, but an infinite number of circles; women have diverse gifts, and to say that women's sphere is the family circle is a mathematical absurdity.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: women  gift 
     
    But why look back at all? Why turn your eyes to your shadow, when, by looking upward, you see your rainbow in the same direction?
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: eyes 
     
    We especially need imagination in science. Question everything.
    — Maria Mitchell
    Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned - not to see what is not.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: learning 
     
    I had only ordinary capacity but extraordinary persistency.
    — Maria Mitchell
    The greatest benefit derived from the study of science is that it lifts you out of and above the littleness of daily trials. We learn to live in the universe as a part of it; we cannot seperate ourselves from it - our every act connects us with it - our every act affects the whole. Standing under the canopy of stars and remembering their presence you could scarcely do a petty deed, or think a wicked thought.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: live  thoughts  star  learn  universe 
     
    Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: star  universe 
     
    We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: seeing  hunger  mind 
     
    There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: beauty  happiness 
     
    It is sad to see a woman sacrificing the ties of the affections even to do good.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: women  sad 
     
    Altogether, St. Louis is a growing place, and the West has a large hand and a strong grasp.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: strong 
     
    Let us secure not such books as people want, but books just above their wants, and they will reach up to take what is put out for them.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: people  book 
     
    I saw, in looking over Cooper, elements of a comet of 1825 which resemble what I get out for this, from my own observations, but I cannot rely upon my own.
    — Maria Mitchell
    An English village could never be mistaken for an American one: the outline against the sky differs; a thatched cottage makes a very wavy line on the blue above.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: sky  american 
     
    The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power!
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: world  human  soul  learning 
     
    People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: people  heart  learn 
     
    There is something of the same pleasure in noticing the hues of the stars that there is in looking at a flower garden in autumn.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: star  pleasure  flowers  garden 
     
    Nothing comes out more clearly in astronomical observations than the immense activity of the universe.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: universe 
     
    I am always the better for open-air breathing, and was certainly meant for the wandering life of the Indian.
    — Maria Mitchell
    How strange that some people cannot believe in both the Book of Nature and the Book of God.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: nature  people  believe  god  book 
     
    A traveller, lost on a desert plain, feels that the recognition of one star, the Pole star, is of itself a great acquisition.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: star  lost 
     
    The phrase "popular science' has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific.
    — Maria Mitchell
    Small aids to individuals, large aid to masses.
    — Maria Mitchell
    The Southern character is opposed to haste. Safety is of more worth than speed, and there is no hurry.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: character  worth 
     
    I was born, for instance, incapable of appreciating music.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: music 
     
    I made observations for three hours last night, and am almost ill today from fatigue; still I have worked all day, trying to reduce the places, and mean to work hard again tonight.
    — Maria Mitchell
    tags: work  night 
     
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