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Quotations From MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

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  • 1.
    ... to improve both sexes they ought, not only in private families, but in public schools, to be educated together. If marriage be the cement of society, mankind should all be educated after the same model, or the intercourse of the sexes will never deserve the name of fellowship ...
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 12 (1792). Referring to the custom of educating the sexes in separate schools and having them follow different courses of study.

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  • 2.
    Hereditary property sophisticates the mind, and the unfortunate victims to it ... swathed from their birth, seldom exert the locomotive faculty of body or mind; and, thus viewing every thing through one medium, and that a false one, they are unable to discern in what true merit and happiness consist.
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 9 (1792).

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  • 3.
    ... in the education of women, the cultivation of the understanding is always subordinate to the acquirement of some corporeal accomplishment ...
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 2 (1792).

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  • 4.
    ... till women are more rationally educated, the progress of human virtue and improvement in knowledge must receive continual checks.
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 3 (1792).

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  • 5.
    ... the conduct of an accountable being must be regulated by the operations of its own reason ...
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 2 (1792).
  • 6.
    ... how can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 4 (1792).
  • 7.
    How many women ... waste life away the prey of discontent, who might have practised as physicians, regulated a farm, managed a shop, and stood erect, supported by their own industry, instead of hanging their heads surcharged with the dew of sensibility, that consumes the beauty to which it at first gave lustre ...
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 9 (1792).

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  • 8.
    ... wealth and female softness equally tend to debase mankind!
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 3 (1792).
  • 9.
    ... what a weak barrier is truth when it stands in the way of an hypothesis!
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 3 (1792).

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  • 10.
    The power of generalizing ideas, of drawing comprehensive conclusions from individual observations, is the only acquirement, for an immortal being, that really deserves the name of knowledge.
    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 4 (1792).

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