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Mary Wollstonecraft

Data de nascimento: 27. Abril 1759
Data de falecimento: 10. Setembro 1797

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Mary Wollstonecraft foi uma escritora inglesa do século XVIII, assim como filósofa e defensora dos direitos das mulheres. Durante sua breve carreira, escreveu romances, tratados, uma narrativa de viagem, uma história da Revolução Francesa, um livro de boas maneiras, e livros infantis. O trabalho mais conhecido de Mary Wollstonecraft é Uma defesa dos direitos da mulher , no qual ela argumenta que as mulheres não são, por natureza, inferiores aos homens, mas apenas aparentam ser por falta de educação e escolaridade. Ela sugere que tanto os homens como as mulheres devem ser tratados como seres racionais, e concebe uma ordem social baseada na razão.

Até ao final do século XX, a vida pessoal de Wollstonecraft, que incluiu vários relacionamentos inconvencionais, foi alvo de mais atenção do que seus trabalhos. Depois de dois relacionamentos fracassados, com Henry Fuseli e Gilbert Imlay , Wollstonecraft casou-se com o filósofo William Godwin, um dos precursores do movimento anarquista. Wollstonecraft morreu aos 38 anos de idade, dez dias após dar à luz sua segunda filha, deixando vários manuscritos inacabados. Sua filha − Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin − também se tornaria escritora, com o nome de Mary Shelley, a autora de Frankenstein.

Depois da morte de Mary Wollstonecraft, seu marido publicou uma Memória de sua vida, revelando seu estilo de vida menos ortodoxo, que lhe destruiu a reputação por quase um século. Contudo, com o advento do movimento feminista no virar do século XX, a defesa de Wollstonecraft pela igualdade das mulheres, e suas críticas à feminilidade convencional, ganharam cada vez mais importância. Nos dias de hoje, Wollstonecraft é considerada uma das fundadoras do feminismo filosófico, e é comum que feministas citem tanto sua vida, como sua obra, como influências importantes.

Citações Mary Wollstonecraft

„Friendship and domestic happiness are continually praised; yet how little is there of either in the world, because it requires more cultivation of mind to keep awake affection, even in our own hearts, than the common run of people suppose.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Friendship and domestic happiness are continually praised; yet how little is there of either in the world, because it requires more cultivation of mind to keep awake affection, even in our own hearts, than the common run of people suppose. Besides, few like to be seen as they really are; and a degree of simplicity, and of undisguised confidence, which, to uninterested observers, would almost border on weakness, is the charm, nay the essence of love or friendship, all the bewitching graces of childhood again appearing. Letter 12

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„The more I see of the world, the more I am convinced that civilisation is a blessing not sufficiently estimated by those who have not traced its progress; for it not only refines our enjoyments, but produces a variety which enables us to retain the primitive delicacy of our sensations.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: The more I see of the world, the more I am convinced that civilisation is a blessing not sufficiently estimated by those who have not traced its progress; for it not only refines our enjoyments, but produces a variety which enables us to retain the primitive delicacy of our sensations. Without the aid of the imagination all the pleasures of the senses must sink into grossness, unless continual novelty serve as a substitute for the imagination, which, being impossible, it was to this weariness, I suppose, that Solomon alluded when he declared that there was nothing new under the sun! Letter 2

„Nothing, I am sure, calls forth the faculties so much as the being obliged to struggle with the world; and this is not a woman's province in a married state.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Nothing, I am sure, calls forth the faculties so much as the being obliged to struggle with the world; and this is not a woman's province in a married state. Her sphere of action is not large, and if she is not taught to look into her own heart, how trivial are her occupations and pursuits! What little arts engross and narrow her mind! Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (1787), "Matrimony", p. 100

„Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable, and life is more than a dream.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should only be organised dust — ready to fly abroad the moment the spring snaps, or the spark goes out which kept it together. Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable, and life is more than a dream.

„By this false politeness, sincerity is sacrificed, and truth violated; and thus artificial manners are necessarily taught. For true politeness is a polish, not a varnish; and should rather be acquired by observation than admonition.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Good habits, imperceptibly fixed, are far preferable to the precepts of reason; but, as this task requires more judgment than generally falls to the lot of parents, substitutes must be sought for, and medicines given, when regimen would have answered the purpose much better. I believe those who examine their own minds, will readily agree with me, that reason, with difficulty, conquers settled habits, even when it is arrived at some degree of maturity: why then do we suffer children to be bound with fetters, which their half-formed faculties cannot break. In writing the following work, I aim at perspicuity and simplicity of style; and try to avoid those unmeaning compliments, which slip from the tongue, but have not the least connexion with the affections that should warm the heart, and animate the conduct. By this false politeness, sincerity is sacrificed, and truth violated; and thus artificial manners are necessarily taught. For true politeness is a polish, not a varnish; and should rather be acquired by observation than admonition. Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and Goodness (1788; 1791)

„Executions, far from being useful examples to the survivors, have, I am persuaded, a quite contrary effect, by hardening the heart they ought to terrify.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Executions, far from being useful examples to the survivors, have, I am persuaded, a quite contrary effect, by hardening the heart they ought to terrify. Besides, the fear of an ignominious death, I believe, never deterred anyone from the commission of a crime, because in committing it the mind is roused to activity about present circumstances. Letter 19

„To be a good mother — a woman must have sense, and that independence of mind which few women possess who are taught to depend entirely on their husbands.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: To be a good mother — a woman must have sense, and that independence of mind which few women possess who are taught to depend entirely on their husbands. Meek wives are, in general, foolish mothers; wanting their children to love them best, and take their part, in secret, against the father, who is held up as a scarecrow. Ch. 10

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„I am persuaded that even the most spontaneous sensations are more under the direction of principle than weak people are willing to allow.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Affection requires a firmer foundation than sympathy, and few people have a principle of action sufficiently stable to produce rectitude of feeling; for in spite of all the arguments I have heard to justify deviations from duty, I am persuaded that even the most spontaneous sensations are more under the direction of principle than weak people are willing to allow. Letter 17

„Should it be proved that woman is naturally weaker than man, from whence does it follow that it is natural for her to labour to become still weaker than nature intended her to be?“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Should it be proved that woman is naturally weaker than man, from whence does it follow that it is natural for her to labour to become still weaker than nature intended her to be? Arguments of this cast are an insult to common sense, and savour of passion. The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is to be hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger, and though conviction may not silence many boisterous disputants, yet, when any prevailing prejudice is attacked, the wise will consider, and leave the narrow-minded to rail with thoughtless vehemence at innovation. Ch. 3

„Good habits, imperceptibly fixed, are far preferable to the precepts of reason“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: Good habits, imperceptibly fixed, are far preferable to the precepts of reason; but, as this task requires more judgment than generally falls to the lot of parents, substitutes must be sought for, and medicines given, when regimen would have answered the purpose much better. I believe those who examine their own minds, will readily agree with me, that reason, with difficulty, conquers settled habits, even when it is arrived at some degree of maturity: why then do we suffer children to be bound with fetters, which their half-formed faculties cannot break. In writing the following work, I aim at perspicuity and simplicity of style; and try to avoid those unmeaning compliments, which slip from the tongue, but have not the least connexion with the affections that should warm the heart, and animate the conduct. By this false politeness, sincerity is sacrificed, and truth violated; and thus artificial manners are necessarily taught. For true politeness is a polish, not a varnish; and should rather be acquired by observation than admonition. Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and Goodness (1788; 1791)

„An ardent affection for the human race makes enthusiastic characters eager to produce alteration in laws and governments prematurely.“

— Mary Wollstonecraft
Context: An ardent affection for the human race makes enthusiastic characters eager to produce alteration in laws and governments prematurely. To render them useful and permanent, they must be the growth of each particular soil, and the gradual fruit of the ripening understanding of the nation, matured by time, not forced by an unnatural fermentation. Appendix

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