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Mary Ritter Beard Quotes

1876 - 1958

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Mary Ritter Beard was writing about women's history before women's history was an accepted academic field -- her major works were published in the 1930s and 1940s.

Selected Mary Ritter Beard Quotations

• The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind.

• Viewed narrowly, all life is universal hunger and an expression of energy associated with it.

• Woman's success in lifting men out of their way of life nearly resembling that of the beasts -- who merely hunted and fished for food, who found shelter where they could in jungles, in trees, and caves -- was a civilizing triumph.

• In their quest for rights they have naturally placed emphasis on their wrongs rather than their achievements and possessions, and have retold history as a story of their long martyrdom.

• The volumes which record the history of the human race are filled with the deeds and the words of great men .... The Twentieth Century Woman ... questions the completeness of the story.

• While it is generally agreed that the visible expressions and agencies are necessary instruments, civilization seems to depend far more fundamentally upon the moral and intellectual qualities of human beings -- upon the spirit that animates mankind.

• Unless one's philosophy is all-inclusive, nothing can be understood.

• It is grievous to read the papers in most respects, I agree. More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press journalism.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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