35 Total Quotes

Harriet Martineau Quotes

The sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #America

What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Office

It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature
Harriet Martineau
#Knowledge

Men who pass most comfortably through this world are those who possess good digestions and hard hearts
Harriet Martineau
#Men

Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Love

A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties
Harriet Martineau
#Ideas

Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it
Harriet Martineau
#Correction

If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power
Harriet Martineau
#Society

There have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land
Harriet Martineau
#Life

But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Nature

Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Conscience

For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen... than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
Harriet Martineau
#Work #English Writer

We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer

The progression of emancipation of any class usually, if not always,takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class.
Harriet Martineau
#Class

A soul occupied with great ideas performs small duties.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Ideas

Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Religion

If there is any country on earth where the course of true love may be expected to run smooth, it is America.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer #Country

Men who pass most comfortably through this world are those who possess good digestions and hard hearts.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer

It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer

There have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer

The progression of emancipation of any class usually, if not always, takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class.
Harriet Martineau
#English Writer