Mary Wollstonecraft Quotes

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Elegance is inferior to virtue.

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Virtue can only flourish among equals.
— Mary Wollstonecraft


Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue.


No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.


Nothing, I am sure, calls forth the faculties so much as the being obliged to struggle with the world.


Taught from their 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.


Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time. The very reverse may be said of love. In a great degree, love and friendship cannot subsist in the same bosom; even when inspired by different objects they weaken or destroy each other, and for the same object can only be felt in succession. The vain fears and fond jealousies, the winds which fan the flame of love, when judiciously or artfully tempered, are both incompatible with the tender confidence and sincere respect of friendship.