Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Quotations


A concept is stronger than a fact.

A family unity which is only bound together with a table-cloth is of questionable value.

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now.

Grateful return for happiness conferred is not the method of exchange in a partnership. The comfort a man takes with his wife is not in the nature of a business partnership, nor are her frugality and industry.

Habits of thought persist through the centuries; and while a healthy brain may reject the doctrine it no longer believes, it will continue to feel the same sentiments formerly associated with that doctrine.

Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or "broken heart," is excuse for cutting off one's life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.

I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy-store.

If a woman is really injured by her marriage, she should sue under the employer liability act. She should claim damages--not alimony.

It is not for nothing that a man's best friends sigh when he marries, especially if he is a man of genius.

It is the duty of youth to bring its fresh new powers to bear on Social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should lift the world forward. That is what they are for.

It will be a great thing for the human soul when it finally stops worshipping backwards.

Legitimate sex-competition brings out all that is best in man.

Maternal instinct, merely as an instinct, is unworthy of our superstitious reverence.

The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.

The women who do the most work get the least money, and the women who have the most money do the least work.

The world is quite right. It does not have to be consistent.

To be surrounded by beautiful things has much influence upon the human creature; to make beautiful things has more.

To the boy we say, "Do"; to the girl, "Don't."

Specialization and organization are the basis of human progress.

We have built into the constitution of the human race the habit and desire of taking, as divorced from its natural precursor and concomitant of making.

While we flatter ourselves that things remain the same, they are changing under our very eyes from year to year, from day to day.



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