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Margaret Fuller Quotes

A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.

Art can only be truly art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.

Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - a house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

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.

For precocity some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life.

I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.

I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.

It is a vulgar error that love, a love, to woman is her whole existence; she is born for Truth and Love in their universal energy.

It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.

It seems that it is madder never to abandon one's self than often to be infatuated; better to be wounded, a captive and a slave, than always to walk in armor.

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.

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

Man tells his aspiration in his God; but in his demon he shows his depth of experience.

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.

Nature provides exceptions to every rule.

Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking.

The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.