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    My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: pleasure  dreams 
     
    I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    No man chooses evil because it is evil; he just mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: evil  happiness  men  mistakes 
     
    Taught from their 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
    tags: beauty  body  prison  mind 
     
    I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: power  wishes 
     
    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
    tags: men  real 
     
    No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: evil  happiness  men  mistakes 
     
    ...men endeavor to sink us still lower, merely to render us alluring objects for a moment; and women, intoxicated by the adoration which men, under the influence of their senses, pay them, do not seek to obtain a durable interest in their hearts, or to become the friends of the fellow creatures who find amusement in their society.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: heart  dreams 
     
    Weakness may excite tenderness, and gratify the arrogant pride of man; but the lordly caresses of a protector will not gratify a noble mind that pants for, and deserves to be respected. Fondness is a poor substitute for friendship.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    ... we never do any thing well, unless we love it for its own sake.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    A war, or any wild-goose chase, is, as the vulgar use the phrase, a lucky turn-up of patronage for the minister, whose chief merit is the art of keeping himself in place.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: war 
     
    To be a good mother, a woman must have sense, and that independence of mind which few women possess who are taught to depend entirely on their husbands. Meek wives are, in general, foolish mothers; wanting their children to love them best, and take their part, in secret, against the father, who is held up as a scarecrow.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    Hereditary property sophisticates the mind, and the unfortunate victims to it ... swathed from their birth, seldom exert the locomotive faculty of body or mind; and, thus viewing every thing through one medium, and that a false one, they are unable to discern in what true merit and happiness consist.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    Let us, my dear contemporaries, arise above such narrow prejudices. If wisdom be desirable on its own account, if virtue, to deserve the name, must be founded on knowledge, let us endeavour to strengthen our minds by reflection till our heads become a balance for our hearts...
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: evil  political  extreme 
     
    Simplicity and sincerity generally go hand in hand, as both proceed from a love of truth.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: truth  simplicity 
     
    Only that education deserves emphatically to be termed cultivation of the mind which teaches young people how to begin to think.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: people  young  education  mind 
     
    It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: justice  world  charity 
     
    We cannot, without depraving our minds, endeavour to please a lover or husband, but in proportion as he pleases us.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: mind  lover 
     
    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
    For years I have endeavored to calm an impetuous tide - laboring to make my feelings take an orderly course - it was striving against the stream.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: year 
     
    Women do not want power over men, they want power over themselves.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: men  women  power 
     
    The more equality there is established among men, the more virtue and happiness will reign in society.
    — 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
    tags: men  women  facts  attention  sex 
     
    The beginning is always today.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: women  power  wishes 
     
    Women deluded by these sentiments, sometimes boast of their weakness, cunningly obtaining power by playing on the weakness of men; and they may well glory in their illicit sway, for, like Turkish bashaws, they have more real power than their masters: but virtue is sacrificed to temporary gratifications, and the respectability of life to the triumph of an hour.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: women  power  virtue  weakness  real 
     
    At boarding schools of every description, the relaxation of the junior boys is mischief; and of the senior, vice.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: boys  school 
     
    ... judicious books enlarge the mind and improve the heart ...
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: heart  mind  book 
     
    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
    tags: beauty  body  prison  mind 
     
    The power of generalizing ideas, of drawing comprehensive conclusions from individual observations, is the only acquirement, for an immortal being, that really deserves the name of knowledge.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: power  immortal  ideas 
     
    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
    tags: men  women  father  neglect 
     
    The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: authority 
     
    I love 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
    tags: men  real 
     
    Women becoming, consequently, weakerthan they ought to behave not sufficient strength to discharge the first duty of a mother; and sacrificing to lasciviousness the parental affectioneither destroy the embryo in the womb, or cast if off when born. Nature in every thing demands respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: nature  women  respect  law  strength 
     
    The two sexes mutually corrupt and improve each other.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: sex  corrupt 
     
    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
    tags: men  dark  church  property 
     
    Till women are more rationally educated, the progress in human virtue and improvement in knowledge must receive continual checks.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    You know I am not born to tread in the beaten track the peculiar bent of my nature pushes me on.
    — Mary Wollstonecraft
    tags: nature 
     
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    mary wollstonecraft
    Birth    : April 27, 1759
    Death  : September 10, 1797
    Occupation  : Writer