Lydia M. Child

(Lydia Maria Francis Child)

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… an unjust law exists in this Commonwealth, by which marriages between persons of different color is pronounced illegal. I am perfectly aware of the gross ridicule to which I may subject myself by alluding to this particular; but I have lived too long, and observed too much, to be disturbed by the world's mockery…. the government ought not to be invested with power to control the affections, any more than the consciences of citizens. A man has at least as good a right to choose his wife, as he has to choose his religion. Discrimination & Prejudice
England may as well dam up the waters from the Nile with bulrushes as to fetter the step of freedom. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
England may as well dam up the waters of the Nile with bulrushes as to fetter the step of Freedom Freedom & Liberty
Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Not in vain is Ireland pouring itself all over the earth. Divine Providence has a mission for her children to fulfill; though a mission unrecognized by political economists. There is ever a moral balance preserved in the universe, like the vibrations of the pendulum. The Irish, with their glowing hearts and reverent credulity, are needed in this cold age of intellect and skepticism. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
That a majority of women do not wish for any important change in their social and civil condition, merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom. Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
They [the slaves] have stabbed themselves for freedom—jumped into the waves for freedom—starved for freedom—fought like very tigers for freedom! But they have been hung, and burned, and shot—and their tyrants have been their historians! Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Women stock is rising in the market. I shall not live to see women vote, but I'll come and rap at the ballot box. Voters, Voting & Elections
A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves. Happiness & Unhappiness
Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. Success
But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later. Religion & God
Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.
Every human being has, like Socrates, an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals. If it does not always tell us what to do, it always cautions us what not to do.
Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.
Home - that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.
I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.
It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love'. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.
You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.