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Women's Voices: Quotations by Women
Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis
Quotation: I want to be a free rover on the breezy common of the universe.
Quotation: Is it to be understood that the principles of the Declaration of Independence bear no relation to half of the human race? (Society in America)
Quotation: Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
Quotation: If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power - from the exercises of the right of the strongest.
Quotation: The progression or emancipation of any class usually, if not always, takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class.
Quotation: All women should inform themselves of the condition of their sex and of their own position. It must necessarily follow that the noblest of them will, sooner or later, put forth a moral power which shall prostrate cant, and burst asunder the bonds (silken to some but cold iron to others) of feudal prejudice and usages. In the meantime is it to be understood that the principles of the Declaration of Independence bear no relation to half of the human race? If so, what is the ground of this limitation?
Quotation: There is no country in the world where there is so much boasting of the 'chivalrous' treatment she enjoys . . . . In short, indulgence is given her as a substitute for justice.
Quotation: What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?
Quotation: Teaching and training children is to a few, a very few, a delightful employment notwithstanding its toils and cares. Except to these few it is irksome: and when accompanied with poverty and mortification intolerable.
Quotation: A soul occupied with great ideas performs small duties.
Quotation: Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.
Quotation: I am in truth very thankful for not having married at all.
Quotation: The older I have grown, the more serious and irremediable have seemed to me the evils and disadvantages of married life as it exists among us at this time.
Quotation: I have no sympathy for those who, under any pressure of circumstances, sacrifice their heart's-love for legal prostitution.
Quotation: [on a visit to the United States:] The instruction furnished is not good enough for the youth of such a country . . . . There is not even any systematic instruction given on political morals: an enormous deficiency in a republic.
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