Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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J. Johnson, 1798 - Social reformers - 206 pages

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Page 47 - When a warm heart has received strong impressions, they are not to be effaced. Emotions become sentiments; and the imagination renders even transient sensations permanent, by fondly retracing them. I cannot, without a thrill of delight, recollect views I have seen, which are not to be forgotten, — nor looks I have felt in every nerve which I shall never more meet. The grave has closed over a dear friend, the friend of my youth;* still she is present with me, and I hear her soft voice warbling as...
Page 133 - If ever there was a book calculated to make a man in love with its author, this appears to me to be the book.
Page 90 - As a painter, it was impossible she should not wish to see his works, and consequently to frequent his house. She visited him ; her visits were returned. Notwithstanding the inequality of their years, Mary was not of a temper to live upon terms of so much intimacy with a man of merit and genius, without loving him. The delight she enjoyed in his society, she transferred by association to his person.
Page 91 - ... intimately, and whose welfare and sympathies are united to our own. True wisdom will recommend to us individual attachments; for with them our minds are more thoroughly maintained in activity and life than they can be under the privation of them, and it is better that man should be a living being, than a stock or a stone. True virtue will sanction this recommendation; since it is the object of virtue to produce happiness; and since the man who lives in the midst of domestic relations will have...
Page 181 - I was sitting in a parlour ; and it was not till after two o'clock on Thursday morning, that I received the alarming intelligence, that the placenta was not yet removed, and that the midwife dared not proceed any further, and gave her opinion for calling in a male practitioner.
Page 199 - Over her ashes is placed a square monumental pillar, one face of which is charged with the following inscription : Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Page 173 - I will add, therefore, that we were both of us of opinion that it was possible for two persons to be too uniformly in each other's society. Influenced by that opinion, it was my practice to. repair to the apartment I have mentioned as soon as I rose, and frequently not to make my appearance in the Polygon till the hour of dinner.
Page 91 - True virtue will sanction this recommendation; since it is the object of virtue to produce happiness; and since the man who lives in the midst of domestic relations will have many opportunities of conferring pleasure, minute in the detail, yet not trivial in the amount, without interfering with the purposes of general benevolence.
Page 156 - The partiality we conceived for each other was in that mode which I have always considered as the purest and most refined style of love. It grew with equal advances in the mind of each. It would have been impossible for the most minute observer to have said who was before and who was after. One sex did not take the priority which long-established custom...
Page 176 - All her other works were produced with a rapidity, that did not give her powers time fully to expand. But this was written slowly and with mature consideration. She began it in several forms, which she successively rejected, after they were considerably advanced. She wrote many parts of the work again and again...

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