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.

    48
  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.

    49
  3. 8

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

    49
  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.

    50
  5. 6

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

    56
  6. 5

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

    56
  7. 4

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

    60
  8. 3

    The beginning is always today.

    71
  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.

    79
  10. 1

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

    135
  11. Last Update: 4 December 2022

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