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Mary Wollstonecraft Quotes

(1759-1797), British Feminist Writer

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.

Category: Army And Navy

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.

Category: Beauty

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Category: Evil

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.

Category: Feminism

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.

Category: Independence

Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.

Category: Innocence

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.

Category: Men And Women