Talk:Margaret Fuller

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  • A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
    • Variant: A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
  • Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth.
  • Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
  • I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.
  • I have urged on woman independence of man, not that I do not think the sexes mutually needed by one another, but because in woman this fact has led to an excessive devotion, which has cooled love, degraded marriage and prevented it her sex from being what it should be to itself or the other. I wish woman to live, first for God's sake. Then she will not take what is not fit for her from a sense of weakness and poverty. Then if she finds what she needs in man embodied, she will know how to love and be worthy of being loved.
  • If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
    • Variants: If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
      If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
    • These have also been attributed to Thomas Fuller, sometimes in published works, but without a definite citation of either author.
  • It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.
  • It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.
  • Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
  • Most marvelous and enviable is that fecundity of fancy which can adorn whatever it touches, which can invest naked fact and dry reasoning with unlooked for beauty, make flowers bloom even on the brow of the precipice.
  • The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.
  • The public must learn how to cherish the nobler and rarer plants, and to plant the aloe, able to wait a hundred years for it's bloom, or it's garden will contain, presently, nothing but potatoes and pot-herbs.
  • Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
  • Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold.