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Frances B. Cobbe

  • ... a vast Church, whose shadow has been the graveyard of religious thought for a thousand years ...

  • ... it is by the exercise of political freedom men become qualified to use it.

  • Once admit the idea that it is good to lie for religion's sake, and the lie may grow to any dimensions. A little lie may serve a man, but it is hard to calculate how big an one may be wanted to serve God.

  • Better let men continue to worship a winking doll than reverence nothing in heaven or earth.

  • Italy ... has not only more interesting people than almost or perhaps altogether any other country. It has also fewer bores.

  • [On the camel:] Many of us have been bitten by his long front teeth, trampled over by his noiseless feet, deafened by his angry roar, and insulted by the protrusion of his contemptuous upper lip. No one who thus knows him at home retains a spark of belief in the beast's patience, amiability, fidelity, or any other virtue.

  • It cannot surely be questioned but that we want a System of Morals better than any of those which are current amongst us.

    • Frances B. Cobbe,
    • "Theory of Intuitive Morals" (1855), Life of Frances Power Cobbe, vol. 1 ()
  • A sense of the Rights of Animals has slowly been awakened, and is becoming, by not imperceptible degrees, a new principle of ethics.

  • Does not every one feel how true is the likeness of a happy loving dog to sunshine in a house?

  • ... I labored to obtain protection for unhappy wives, beaten, mangled, mutilated, or trampled on by brutal husbands. ... I came to the conclusion that in spite of all the authority in favor of flogging the delinquents it was not expedient on the women's behalf that they should be so punished, since after they had undergone such chastisement, however well merited, the ruffians would inevitably return more brutalized and infuriated than ever; and again have their wives at their mercy. The only thing really effective, I considered, was to give the wife the power of separating herself and her children from her tyrant.

  • [On vivisection:] We stand face to face with a new vice ... the vice of scientific cruelty.

Frances B. Cobbe, Irish religious writer, journalist, antivivisectionist, suffragist

(1822 - 1904)

Full name: Frances B. Power Cobbe.