I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.

— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.


Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?


Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.


If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!


You are my creator, but I am your master; Obey!


I beheld the wretch-the miserable monster whom I had created.


There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.


I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.


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.


Solitude was my only consolation - deep, dark, deathlike solitude.


My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.


There is love in me the likes of which you've never seen.

There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.


About Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Quotes 187 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil.


A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility.


Men become cannibals of their own hearts;

remorse, regret, and restless impatience usurp the place of more wholesome feeling: every thing seems better than that which is.


Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.


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


My candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.


What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?


The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite;

no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food.


. . . the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.


A solitary being is by instinct a wanderer.


I am very averse to bringing myself forward in print, but as my account will only appear as an appendage to a former production, and as it will be confined to such topics as have connection with my authorship alone, I can hardly accuse myself of a personal intrusion.


The young are always in extremes.


A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.


You seek for knowledge and wisdom as I once did;

and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.


Elegance is inferior to virtue.


A truce to philosophy!—Life is before me, and I rush into possession.

Hope, glory, love, and blameless ambition are my guides, and my soul knows no dread. What has been, though sweet, is gone; the present is good only because it is about to change, and the to come is all my own.


To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death.


The instructor can scarcely give sensibility where it is essentially wanting, nor talent to the unpercipient block. But he can cultivate and direct the affections of the pupil, who puts forth, as a parasite, tendrils by which to cling, not knowing to what - to a supporter or a destroyer.


Every where I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded.


What terrified me will terrify others;

and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.


I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind, and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.


Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.


Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.


The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places.


Her countenance was all expression; her eyes were not dark but impenetrably deep; you seemed to discover space after space in their intellectual glance.


Devil, do you dare approach me? and do you not fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?


It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world;

but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.


I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be in formed of the secret with which I am acquainted. That cannot be.


...if I see but one smile on your lips when we meet, occasioned by this or any other exertion of mine, I shall need no other happiness.


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.


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.


When I step into the batter's box, the fans, the noise, the cheers, they all disappear. For that moment, the world is just a battle between me and the pitcher. And more than anything, I want to win.


Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.


The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover;

to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.


How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!


It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with.


So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein - more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.

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