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.
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.
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.
The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger.
In every age there has been a stream of popular opinion that has carried all before it, and given a family character, as it were, to the century.
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.
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.
Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
Virtue can only flourish among equals.
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?
Why is our fancy to be appalled by terrific perspectives of a hell beyond the grave?
Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
Women are degraded by the propensity to enjoy the present moment, and, at last, despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain.
Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.