Ellen Swallow Richards


Ellen Swallow Richards Quotes

  • ''New England is the home of all that is good and noble with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written on December 29, 1869. Richards, a Massachusetts native, was away from home at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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  • ''I had been in the hurrying waters too long not to appreciate an opportunity to lie on the bank and rest, watch others, and gain strength for the coming years.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written on March 20, 1870, while she was a student at Vassar College.
  • ''I prefer surveying for a week to spending a week in fashionable society even of the best class.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 3, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in a May 10, 1869, letter to her parents when she was attending Vassar College, where she took a course in land surveying.
  • ''A sense of power is the most intoxicating stimulant a mortal can enjoy ...''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 11, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in the 1870s. Richards had in mind the "sense of power" derived from a strong education.
  • ''Subject the material world to the higher ends by understanding it in all its relations to daily life and action.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 16, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). From a January 1911 address to the Home Economics Association of Greater New York: "The Conservation of Human Energy." Richards was a leading developer and advocate of the home economics or "domestic science" movement.
  • ''It is cruelty to children to keep five-year-olds sitting still, gazing into vacancy even for one hour at a time. We have little idea of the torture we thus inflict.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 10, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in 1881, criticizing traditional methods of primary education.
  • ''...all enjoyment is dependent upon the frailty of human life and human desires ... if we were to have all we want and to live forever, all enjoyment would be gone.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 9, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in the 1870s.
  • ''The world moves, but we seem to move with it. When I studied physiology before ... there were two hundred and eight bones in the body. Now there are two hundred and thirty- eight.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written on February 13, 1870, when she was a student at Vassar College.
  • ''I wish the women's rights folks would be more sensible. I think women have a great deal to learn, before they are fit to vote.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written on March 13, 1870, to her parents while she was a student at Vassar College.
  • ''A political place with no power, only influence, is not to my taste.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 10, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Said c. 1885. Richards was explaining why she did not wish to become Supervisor of Schools in Boston.

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