Without the inimitable Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the voice of 19th-century feminists would have been much less forceful. Essayist and memoirist. Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued for the rights of women based on the solitude and uniqueness of every person. Image 1 of Solitude of self No 11 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON Born November 12, in Johnstown Died October 26, in New York City.

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The poetry and novels of the century are theirs, and they have touched the keynote of reform, in religion, politics and social life. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Solitude of Self Quotes

It is more hidden than the caves of the gnome; the sacred adytum of the oracle; the hidden chamber of Eleusinian mystery, for to it only omniscience is permitted to enter. She died before women in the United States were granted the vote.

The Best Books of The isolation of every human soul and the necessity of self-dependence must give each individual the right to choose his own surroundings. Seeing, then, what must be the infinite diversity in human character, we can in a measure appreciate elizaveth loss to a nation when any class of the people is uneducated and unrepresented in the government.

Stanton traces the negative forces in a woman’s lifetime, from the lack of education and training in youth to dependence upon meager resources in old age. Stanton makes a strong point about equality between sexes, about the responsibilities of each individual towards himself and elizqbeth others. Mar 27, mis fit rated it it was ok Shelves: Nor were they attempting to protect or foster a voluntary lifestyle of solitude among selv.

Because some men fill these departments of usefulness, shall we regulate the curriculum in Harvard and Yale to their present necessities? Inasmuch, then, as woman shares equally the joys and sorrows of time and eternity, is it not the height of presumption in man to propose to represent her at the ballot box and the throne of grace, to do her voting in the state, her praying in the church, and to assume the position of high priest at the family altar? However, her intriguing ideas leave the reader hoping for more thinking from her on the subject.


Solitude of Self Quotes by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

About Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The more fully the faculties of the mind selg developed and kept in use, the longer the period of vigor and active interest in all around us continues.

W omen solitaries such as ammasanchoresses, beguines, and cloistered nuns were familiar historical figures, but the possibilities of non-institutional or secular women solitaries required a new philosophy of the individual. In the wild chase for the prizes of life, they are ground to powder.

Her rights under such circumstances are to use all her faculties for her own safety and happiness. But to manage a household, have a desirable influence in society, keep her friends and the affections of her husband, train her children and servants well, she must have rare common sense, wisdom, diplomacy, and a knowledge of human nature. We ask for the complete development of every individual, first, for his own benefit and happiness.

Before Stanton narrowed her political focus almost ex Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American social activist and leading figure of the early woman’s movement. Stanton argues that women need the fullness of opportunity enjoyed by men because ultimately, “as an individual, she eliizabeth rely on herself.

But this was theory and not practice. Correspondence, Writings, and Speeches New York, In discussing the rights of woman, we are to consider, first, what belongs to her as an elkzabeth, in a world of her own, the arbiter of her own destiny, an imaginary Robinson Crusoe, with her woman, Friday, on a solitary solituxe.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The author relates her interview with the Russian political activist Kropotkin, inquiring how he could endure long years in prison without books or pen. Machinery has taken the labors of woman as well as man on its tireless shoulders; the loom and the spinning wheel are but dreams of the past; the pen, the brush, the easel, the chisel, have taken their places, while the hopes and ambitions of women are essentially changed. Discover what to read next.

The great lesson that nature seems to teach us at all ages in self-dependence, self-protection, self-support. No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency, they must know something of the laws of navigation.


The lives of ancient and medieval female solitaries in the West existed within a specific historical and social setting. There can never again be just such a combination of prenatal influences; never again just such environments as make up the infancy, youth and manhood of this one.

Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Angel of Death even makes no royal pathway for her. Conceding, then, that the responsibilities of life rest equally on man and woman, that their destiny is the same, they need the same preparation for time and eternity.

To do all this, she needs the cardinal virtues and the strong selt of character that the most successful statesman possesses. Recommended in 5 books editor. Sollitude closely identified with the women’s suffrage movement in the nineteenth-century United States, beginning with the Seneca Falls convention ofStanton rejected an exclusive interest in suffrage. Aug 24, Kate marked it as to-buy.

Feb 10, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. No one can share her fears, no one can mitigate her pangs; and if her sorrow is greater than she can bear, alone she passes beyond the gates into the vast unknown. To guide our own craft, we must be captain, pilot, engineer; with chart and compass to stand at the wheel; to watch the winds and waves, and know when to take in the sail, and to read the signs in the firmament over all.

Alone she goes to the gates of death to give life to every man that is born into the world. No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem? What would Elizabeth Cady Stanton think of our progress toward equality for women if she were alive today? In youth our most bitter disappointments, our brightest hopes and ambitions, are known only to ourselves.