1. 10

    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.

  2. 9

    How frequently has melancholy and even misanthropy taken possession of me, when the world has disgusted me, and friends have proven unkind. I have then considered myself as a particle broken off from the grand mass of mankind.

  3. 8

    Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.

  4. 7

    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.

  5. 6

    Modesty is the graceful, calm virtue of maturity; bashfulness the charm of vivacious youth.

  6. 5

    The more equality there is established among men, the more virtue and happiness will reign in society.

  7. 4

    Only that education deserves emphatically to be termed cultivation of the mind which teaches young people how to begin to think.

  8. 3

    The beginning is always today.

  9. 2

    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.

  10. 1

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

  11. Last Update: 4 December 2022

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