Addresses at the Celebration of the Completion of the Twenty-fifth Academic Year of Vassar College, June, 1890

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1890 - Women - 96 pages
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Page 33 - I never was sent to any school. I was always sick. Female education, in the best families, went no further than writing and arithmetic ; in some few and rare instances, music and dancing.
Page 49 - It is my hope to be the instrument, in the hands of Providence, of founding and perpetuating an Institution which shall accomplish for young women what our colleges are accomplishing for young men.
Page 34 - Advice to Young Ladies on the Improvement of the Mind...
Page 64 - ... good, but the new times are better. We have left woman as a slave with Homer and Pericles. We have left her as a foolish goddess with Chivalry and Don Quixote. We have left her as a toy with Chesterfield and the club; and in the enlightened American daughter, wife, and mother, in the free American home, we find the fairest flower and the highest promise of American civilization.
Page 61 - It is for that which is the birthright of every being capable to receive it — the freedom, the religious, the intelligent freedom of the universe, to use its means; to learn its secret as far as nature has enabled them, with God alone for their guide and their judge.
Page 25 - ... Spectator loitering in London, and his spell was such that in a later day Dennett, in the Nation, happily nicknamed the work of the talent which he had quickened the Knickerbocker literature. The same genius in a tenderer mood colored the shores of the Hudson with the softest hues of legend. The banks at Tarrytown stretching backward to Sleepy Hollow, the broad water of the Tappan Zee, the airy heights of the summer Katskill, were mere landscape, pleasing scenery only, until Irving suffused them...
Page 33 - but as to classical learning, history (civil and ecclesiastical), mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, botany, and natural history, excepting here and there a rare instance of a man who is eminent in some one of these branches, we may be said to have no learning at all, or a mere smattering.
Page 34 - Taking it, then, for granted, that nature has been as bountiful of understanding to one sex as the other, it is incumbent on us to consider what are the principal objections commonly made against the communication of a greater share of knowledge to women than commonly falls to their lot at present; for though it may be doubted whether women should learn all that men learn, the immense disparity which now...
Page 37 - ... the discontent of the parents of those rejected, the certainty of far greater pressure and discontent which must occur in future years, satisfied every reflecting mind that, however desirable the scheme of giving a high classical education, equal about to a college education, to all the girls of a city, whose parents would wish them to be thus educated at the expense of the city, was just as impracticable as to give such an one to all the boys of it at the city's expense.
Page 56 - Far along, From peak to peak the rattling crags among, Leaps the live thunder ! Not from one lone cloud, But every mountain now hath found a tongue, And Jura answers from her misty shroud Back to the joyous Alps, who call to her aloud...

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