Quotes by Harriet Martineau

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Harriet Martineau (June 12, 1802 - June 27, 1876) was an English writer and philosopher. more

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If there is any country on earth where the course of true love may be expected to run smooth, it is America.

The sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so.
Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry.
Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.
But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?
Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.
For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen... than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?
Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

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