I begin to love this creature,
and to anticipate her birth
as a fresh twist to a knot,
which I do not wish to untie
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
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.
Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
True happiness must arise from well-regulated affections, and an affection includes a duty.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
Standing armies can never consist of resolute robust men; they may be well-disciplined machines, but they will seldom contain men under the influence of strong passions, or with very vigorous faculties.
Topics: The Military, Army, Navy
Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of propriety, will obtain for them the protection of man.
Topics: Men, Men & Women, Women
I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test: though a different opinion prevails in this country.
Topics: Feminism, Women, Explanation
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