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Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • Who originated that most exquisite of inquisitions, the condolence system?

  • It seems to me that life is always undoing for us something that we have just laboriously done.

  • The woman's personal identity is a vast undiscovered country — with which Society has yet to acquaint itself, and by which it is yet to be revolutionized.

    • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps,
    • letter to George Eliot ()
  • A perfect marriage is like a pure heart ... those who have it are fit to see God.

  • ... what an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motions of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason.

    • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps,
    • in Good Health ()
  • Imagination is built upon knowledge.

  • Death is not the worst sorrow.

    • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps,
    • 1879, in Gordon S. Haight, ed., The George Eliot Letters, vol. 7 ()

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, U.S. writer, reformer

(1844 - 1911)

Full name: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward.