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Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

(1797 - 1851)

Biography:

English Novelist, Short Story Writer, Dramatist, Essayist, Biographer, and Travel Writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein

Quotes
A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquillity of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved, Caesar would have spared his country, America would have been discovered more gradually, and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed.
A king is always a king - and a woman always a woman: his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.
A lofty sense of independence is, in man, the best privilege of his nature.
A man would make but a very sorry chemist if he attended to that department of human knowledge alone.
A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.
A miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind.
A truce to philosophy!—Life is before me, and I rush into possession. Hope, glory, love, and blameless ambition are my guides, and my soul knows no dread. What has been, though sweet, is gone; the present is good only because it is about to change, and the to come is all my own.
Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?
After so much time spent in painful labor, to arrive at once at the summit of my desires was the most gratifying consummation of my toils.