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Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:33 pm

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Although it has been said by men of more wit than wisdom, and perhaps more malice than either, that women are naturally incapable of acting prudently, or that they are necessarily determined to folly, I must by no means grant it.
Mary Astell

But, alas! what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
Mary Astell

Certain I am, that Christian Religion does no where allow Rebellion.
Mary Astell

Every Body has so good an Opinion of their own Understanding as to think their own way the best.
Mary Astell

Every one knows, that the mind will not be kept from contemplating what it loves in the midst of crowds and business. Hence come those frequent absences, so observable in conversation; for whilst the body is confined to present company, the mind is flown to that which it delights in.
Mary Astell

For certainly there cannot be a higher pleasure than to think that we love and are beloved by the most amiable and best Being.
Mary Astell

God is His own Design and End, and that there is no other Worthy of Him.
Mary Astell

He who will be just, must be forc'd to acknowledge, that neither Sex are always in the right.
Mary Astell

Hitherto I have courted Truth with a kind of Romantick Passion, in spite of all Difficulties and Discouragements: for knowledge is thought so unnecessary an Accomplishment for a Woman, that few will give themselves the Trouble to assist us in the Attainment of it.
Mary Astell

How can a Man respect his Wife when he has a contemptible Opinion of her and her Sex?
Mary Astell

How can you be content to be in the world like tulips in a garden, to make a fine show, and be good for nothing.
Mary Astell

If a Woman can neither Love nor Honour, she does ill in promising to Obey.
Mary Astell

If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?
Mary Astell

If God had not intended that Women shou'd use their Reason, He wou'd not have given them any, 'for He does nothing in vain.'
Mary Astell

If none were to Marry, but Men of strict Vertue and Honour, I doubt the World would be but thinly peopled.
Mary Astell

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.
Mary Astell

It is not the Head but the Heart that is the Seat of Atheism.
Mary Astell

Marry for Love, an Heroick Action, which makes a mighty noise in the World, partly because of its rarity, and partly in regard of its extravagancy.
Mary Astell

None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue.
Mary Astell

None of us whether Men or Women but have so good an Opinion of our own Conduct as to believe we are fit, if not to direct others, at least to govern our selves.
Mary Astell

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It seems to a really great collection.
I enjoy this reading.

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