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Mary Hays

  • 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)