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Quotes of the day: Margaret Fuller

Published Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 12:06 AM EDT
May 23 2014

Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli (May 23, 1810 - July 19, 1850), commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All around us lies what we neither understand nor use. Our capacities, our instincts for this our present sphere are but half developed.

Cherish your best hopes as a faith, and abide by them in action.

For precocity some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life.

I accept the universe.

I stand in the sunny noon of life. Objects no longer glitter in the dews of morning, neither are yet softened by the shadows of evening. Every spot is seen, every chasm revealed.

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.

It is astonishing what force, purity and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.

Let no one dare to call another mad who is not himself willing to rank in the same class for every perversion and fault of judgment. Let no one dare aid in punishing another as criminal who is not willing to suffer the penalty due to his own offenses.

Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which does not tend to improve the individual.

Men disappoint me so, I disappoint myself so, yet courage, patience, shuffle the cards...

Only upon the old can build the new;
The symbol which you seek is found in you.

Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.

Whatever the soul knows how to seek, it cannot fail to obtain.

In order that she may be able to give her hand with dignity, she must be able to stand alone.

A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.

Nature provides exceptions to every rule.

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

How many persons must there be who cannot worship alone since they are content with so little.

We need to hear the excuses men make to themselves for their worthlessness.

When disappointed, I do not ask or wish consolation; I wish to know and feel my pain, to investigate its nature and its source.

Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth.

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.

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