I have urged on woman independence of man, not that I do not think the sexes mutually needed by one another, but because in woman this fact has led to an excessive devotion, which has cooled love, degraded marriage and prevented it her sex from being what it should be to itself or the other. I wish
... the Power who gave a power, by its mere existence, signifies that it must be brought out towards perfection.
I stand in the sunny noon of life. Objects no longer glitter in the dews of morning, neither are yet softened by the shadows of evening.
We doubt not the destiny of our country that she is to accomplish great things for human nature, and be the mother of a nobler race than the world has yet known. But she has been so false to the scheme made out at her nativity, that it is now hard to say which way that destiny points.
Be what you would seem to be.
Man tells his aspiration in his God; but in his demon he shows his depth of experience. Margaret Fulle
It is so true that a woman may be in love with a woman, and a man with a man. It is pleasant to be sure of it, because it is undoubtedly the same love that we shall feel when we are angels ...
How anyone can remain a Catholic - I mean who has ever been aroused to think, and is not biased by the partialities of childish years - after seeing Catholicism here in Italy I cannot conceive.
Who does not observe the immediate glow and security that is diffused over the life of woman, before restless or fretful, by engaging in gardening, building, or the lowest department of art? Here is something that is not routine--something that draws forth life towards the infinite.
Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.
Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which does not tend to improve the individual.
there is such a rebound from parental influence that it generally seems that the child makes use of the directions given by the parent only to avoid the prescribed path.
I guess I felt compelled to express the loss I was feeling and the fact that I was praying for her. I didn't really think about whether she would receive my message or not.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - a house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.
I should never stand alone in this desert world, but that manna would drop from heaven, if I would but rise with every rising sun to gather it.
Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth.
We need to hear the excuses men make to themselves for their worthlessness.
While any one is base, none can be entirely free and noble.
After having admired the women of Rome, say to yourself, 'I too am beautiful!' ... In you I met a real person. I need not give you any other praise.
Our capacities, our instincts for this our present sphere are but half developed. Let us be completely natural; before we trouble ourselves with the supernatural.
The use of criticism, in periodical writing, is to sift, not to stamp a work.
The mind is not, I know, a highway, but a temple, and its doors should not be carelessly left open.
Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.
Spirits that have once been sincerely united and tended together a sacred flame, never become entirely stranger to one another's life.
I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.
It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.
Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical.
It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.