No man chooses evil because it is evil he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
Of women I do not wish them to have power over men but over themselves.
Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil.
I love man as my fellow; but his scepter, real, or usurped, extends not to me, unless the reason of an individual demands my homage; and even then the submission is to reason, and not to man.
I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.
It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.
What but a pestilential vapour can hover over society when its chief director is only instructed in the invention of crimes, or the stupid routine of childish ceremonies?
England and America owe their liberty to commerce, which created a new species of power to undermine the feudal system. But let them beware of the consequences: the tyranny of wealth is still more galling and debasing than that of rank.
My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.
I never wanted but your heart--that gone, you have nothing more to give.
How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?
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.
Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream.
If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?
It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness.