Mary Wollstonecraft Quotes

Who is Mary Wollstonecraft?

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights in the 18th century.

Born April 27, 1759
Died September 10, 1797

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Best 11 Quotes by Mary Wollstonecraft

“But what a weak barrier is truth when it stands in the way of an hypothesis!”

“Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time.”

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

“If we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.”

“It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.”

“My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”

“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he just mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”

“Simplicity and sincerity generally go hand in hand, as both proceed from a love of truth.”

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

“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.”

“The beginning is always today.”

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