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Mary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797

British feminist, writer and philosopher.

 

The beginning is always today.

 

Virtue can only flourish among equals.

 

I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.

 

Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.

 

How can a rational being be ennobled by any thing that is not obtained by its own exertions?

 

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.

 

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

 

Slavery to monarchs and ministers, which the world will be long freeing itself from, and whose deadly grasp stops the progress of the human mind, is not yet abolished.

 

Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.

 

Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream.

 

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.

 

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