Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
Virtue can only flourish among equals.
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger.
Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.
Make women rational creatures, and free citizens, and they will quickly become good wives; - that is, if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.
The beginning is always today.
It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason, the priests, secured such vast property to the church, when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself from the dark torments of purgatory.
It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust.
Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.
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