Ellen Swallow Richards


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  • ''If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck's back.''
    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 to a woman student whom she was educating through correspondence courses. Richards had been the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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  • ''We never can tell how our lives may work to the account of the general good, and we are not wise enough to know if we have fulfilled our mission or not.''
    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 to a student whom she was urging to persevere in the face of difficulties.
  • ''Work is a sovereign remedy for all ills, and a man who loves to work will never be unhappy.''
    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 an April 10, 1869, letter to her parents when she was a student at Vassar College.
  • ''You cannot make women contented with cooking and cleaning and you need not try.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 15, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Said c. the 1890s to a conference of educators.

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