No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable – and life is more than a dream.
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.
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?
How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?
I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.
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.
Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
I do earnestly wish to see the distinction of sex confounded in society, unless where love animates the behaviour.
The beginning is always today.