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She saw and marked the revolutions that had been, and the present seemed to her only a point of rest, from which time was to renew his flight.
Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.
Ah! it is well for the unfortunate to be resigned, but for the guilty there is no peace.
The same energy of character which renders a man a daring villain would have rendered him useful in society, had that society been well organized.
In every age there has been a stream of popular opinion that has carried all before it, and given a family character, as it were, to the century.
So much does suffering blunt even the coarsest sensations of men
I looked upon the sea, it was to be my grave
A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility.
It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.
If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test.
Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.
Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. The sun might shine, or the clouds might lour: but nothing could appear to me as it had done the day before.
I, a miserable wretch, haunted by a curse that shut up every avenue to enjoyment.
The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger.
The being who patiently endures injustice, and silently bears insults, will soon become unjust, or unable to discern right from wrong.
Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?
I required kindness and sympathy, but I did not believe myself utterly unworthy of it.
This advice, although good, was totally inapplicable to my case.
Few, I believe, have had much affection for mankind, who did not first love their parents, their brothers, sisters, and even the domestic brutes, whom they first played with.
Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.
Alas! he is cold, he cannot answer me.
If your wish is to become really a man of science and not merely a petty experimentalist, I should advise you to apply to every branch of natural philosophy, including mathematics.
The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.
What but a pestilential vapour can hover over society when its chief director is only instructed in the invention of crimes, or the stupid routine of childish ceremonies?
Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world!
Surely once in a life God will grant the earnest entreaty of a loving heart.
Nature in everything demands respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.
The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
There is love in me the likes of which you've never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.
Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to a mind when it has once seized on it like a lichen on a rock." - Frankenstein p115
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.
I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit.
Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.
I wished, as it were, to procrastinate all that related to my feelings of affection until the great object, which swallowed up every habit of my nature, should be completed.
I do not wish women to have power over men but over themselves.
Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.
Those moral laws on which all human excellence is founded—a love of truth in ourselves, and a sincere sympathy with our fellow-creatures.
There was a considerable difference between the ages of my parents, but this circumstance seemed to unite them only closer in bonds of devoted affection.
nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose
What is there in our nature that is for ever urging us on towards pain and misery?
Solitude was my only consolation - deep, dark, deathlike solitude.
the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.
Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?
I never wanted but your heart--that gone, you have nothing more to give.
Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.
The beginning is always today.
The agonies of remorse poison the luxury there is otherwise sometimes found in the excess of grief.
For the first time she knew and loved the Spirit of good and beauty, an affinity to which affords the greatest bliss that our nature can receive.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose-a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.