Mary Wollstonecraft Quotes

"No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks."

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790)

"The endeavor to keep alive any hoary establishment beyond its natural date is often pernicious and always useless."

- Mary Wollstonecraft, The French Revolution, Bk. V, ch. 4 (1794)

"Taught from their 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."

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

"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."

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Ch. 3

"Till women are more rationally educated, the progress in human virtue and improvement in knowledge must receive continual checks.
It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world."

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) Ch 3.

"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."

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) Dedication

"To be a good mother — a woman must have sense, and that independence of mind which few women possess who are taught to depend entirely on their husbands. Meek wives are, in general, foolish mothers; wanting their children to love them best, and take their part, in secret, against the father, who is held up as a scarecrow. "

- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) Dedication
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