Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) quotes


  • A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind.
  • I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.
  • Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of voice, but out of chaos.
  • It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of it's own reason.
  • It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with.
  • It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.
  • Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.
  • My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed, my dearest pleasure when free.
  • The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food.

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