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 :: 1759-1797, British Feminist Writer

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Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Innocence]

 

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If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test: though a different opinion prevails in this country.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Feminism]

 

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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.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Independence]

 

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No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Evil]

 

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Standing armies can never consist of resolute robust men; they may be well-disciplined machines, but they will seldom contain men under the influence of strong passions, or with very vigorous faculties.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Army and Navy]

 

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Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Beauty]

 

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Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of propriety, will obtain for them the protection of man.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft - [Men and Women]

 

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