Mary Astell Quotes

Why should I know Mary Astell?

Mary Astell was an English protofeminist writer, philosopher, and rhetorician. Her advocacy of equal educational opportunities for women has earned her the title "the first English feminist."

Born November 12, 1666
Died May 11, 1731

Best 9 Quotes by Mary Astell

“How can you be content to be in the world like tulips in a garden, to make a fine show, and be good for nothing.”

Mary Astell

“If all men are born free, why is it that all women are born slaves?”

Mary Astell

“If God had not intended that Women shou'd use their Reason, He wou'd not have given them any, for He does nothing in vain.”

Mary Astell

“Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.”

Mary Astell

“The span of life is too short to be trifled away in unconcerning and unprofitable matters.”

Mary Astell

“Truth is strong, and sometime or other will prevail.”

Mary Astell

"A Serious Proposal to the Ladies For the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest" Quotes

“Your glass will not do you half so much service as a serious reflection on your own minds.”

Mary Astell
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies For the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest

"Some Reflections upon Marriage Occasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case which is also c" Quotes

“A woman indeed can't properly be said to choose, all that is allowed her, is to refuse or accept what is offered.”

Mary Astell
Some Reflections upon Marriage Occasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case which is also c

“Why is Slavery so much condemn'd and strove against in one Case, and so highly applauded and held so necessary and so sacred in another?”

Mary Astell
Some Reflections upon Marriage Occasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case which is also c