(Rena Rietveld Verduin, U.S. farm woman. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 45, by Gerda Lerner (1977).
Said in a 1907 debate organized by the Lansing Country Culture Club. She was reacting to the typical hard life of a farm woman.)
The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.
(Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, Jan. 28, 1753, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
Lady Montagu advised Lady Bute on bringing up her own daughter "to make her happy in a virgin state.")
The highest good and solely useful is liberal education.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 37 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
(Ann Plato (1820-?), U.S. teacher and author. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, part 2, by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin (1976).
Plato, a free African American who was a schoolmistress in Hartford, Connecticut, said this in 1841.)
Very likely education does not make very much difference.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published in New York Herald Tribune (Mar 16, 1935). "American Education and Colleges," How Writing Is Written, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas, Black Sparrow Press (1974).)