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Ellen Key Quotes

(1849-1926), Swedish Author, Feminist

Art, that great undogmatized church.

Category: Arts And Artists

For success in training children the first condition is to become as a child oneself, but this means no assumed childishness, no condescending baby-talk that the child immediately sees through and deeply abhors. What it does mean is to be as entirely and simply taken up with the child as the child himself is absorbed by his life.

Category: Children

The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.

Category: Education

The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen.

Category: Feminism

Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.

Category: Fidelity

When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.

Category: Marriage

All philanthropy... is only a savory fumigation burning at the mouth of a sewer. This incense offering makes the air more endurable to passers-by, but it does not hinder the infection in the sewer from spreading.

Category: Philanthropists

Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one.

Category: Punishment