Harriet Martineau


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Harriet Martineau (12 June 1802 – 27 June 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.

Martineau wrote 35 books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and, perhaps most controversial, a feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte.

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  • Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and hel...
    Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Marriage," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • ''If there is any country on earth where the course of true love may be expected to run smooth, it is America.''
    Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Marriage," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonis...
    Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Occupation," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • ''Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.''
    Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Occupation," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • ''What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?''
    Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Occupation," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
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