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Marie Stopes

  • An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safe-guard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.

  • Every heart desires a mate.

  • In its most beautiful expression and sublimest manifestations, the celibate ideal has proclaimed a world-wide love, in place of the narrower human love of home and children.

  • The most complete human being is he or she who consciously or unconsciously obeys the profound physical laws of our being in such a way that the spirit receives as much help and as little hindrance from the body as possible.

  • ... each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.

  • People who know the truth have no business to allow the powers of darkness to silence them on any point that matters.

  • ... if the world is not safe for babies you are never going to get a democracy worth having.

  • A modern and humane civilization must control conception or sink into barbaric cruelty to individuals.

  • I am humbly following in your footsteps and having a row with the Government over the iniquity of the Marriage Tax in the form of supertax ... our incomes being added together we are liable for supertax which we are refusing to pay on the grounds of morality as I consider in a Christian country it is an immoral and outrageous act to tax me because I am living in Holy matrimony instead of as my husband's mistress.

    • Marie Stopes,
    • letter to George Bernard Shaw ()
  • You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.

    • Marie Stopes,
    • in Reader's Digest ()

Marie Stopes, English birth control pioneer

(1880 - 1958)

Full name: Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes.