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“Coercive measures may have a restraining effect for a time, but can never subdue an untractable spirit: it is only by engaging the affections and enlarging the understanding, that the heart can be meliorated or principles be formed; for like a bow forcibly bent, the mind recoils from oppression with elastic power.”
“... all her prejudices were passions; for taking up her opinions without examination, she prided herself upon ever obstinately adhering to them.”
“... bigotry is ever the child of ignorance, and the cultivation of the understanding is the only radical cure for it ...”
“Of all the systems — if indeed a bundle of contradictions and absurdities may be called a system — which human nature in its moments of intoxication has produced, that which men have contrived with a view to forming the minds and regulating the conduct of women, is perhaps the most completely absurd.”
Mary Hays, English writer
(1760 - 1843)