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Mary Astell
December 12, 1666 - May 11, 1731
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

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


Women are not so well united as to form an Insurrection. They are for the most part wise enough to love their Chains, and to discern how becomingly they fit.


Women need not take up with mean things, since (if they are not wanting to themselves) they are capable of the best.


We may not commit a lesser Sin under pretence to avoid a greater, but we may, nay we ought to endure the greatest Pain and Grief rather than commit the least Sin.


Whilst our Hearts are violently set upon any thing, there is no convincing us that we shall ever be of another Mind.


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.'


To plead for the Oppress'd and to defend the Weak seem'd to me a generous undertaking; for tho' it may be secure, 'tis not always Honourable to run over to the strongest party.


We must Think what we Say, and Mean what we Profess.


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.


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


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


Your glass will not do you half so much service as a serious reflection on your own minds.


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.


The Soul debases her self, when she sets her affections on any thing but her creator.


Upon the principles of reason, the good of many is preferable to the good of a few or of one; a lasting good is to be preferred before a temporary, the public before the private.


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.


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.


The Span of Life is too short to be trifled away in unconcerning and unprofitable Matters.


Women are from their very infancy debarred those Advantages with the want of which they are afterwards reproached.


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


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