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If fifty men did all the work, / And gave the price to five, / And let those five make all the rules - / Youd say the fifty men were fools, / Unfit to be alive.
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I always liked that Arab saying, 'First tie your camel and then trust in the Lord,

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

John says if I don't pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell in the fall.
But I don't want to go there at all. I had a friend who was in his hands once, and she says he is just like John and my brother, only more so!
Besides, it is such an undertaking to go so far.
I don't feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I'm getting dreadfully fretful and querulous.
I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.
Of course I don't when John is here, or anybody else, but when I am alone.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Beauty has laws, and an appreciation of them is not possessed equally by all. The more primitive and ignorant a race, or class, the less it knows of true beauty. The Indian basket-maker wove beautiful things but they did not know it; give them the cheap and ugly productions of our greedy "market" and they like them better. They may unconsciously produce beauty, but they do not consciously select it.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Conscience is strong in women. Children are very violently taught that they owe all to their parents, and the parents are not slow in foreclosing the mortgage. But the home is not a debtor's prison - to girls any more than to boys. This enormous claim of parents calls for extermination. Do they in truth do all for their children; do their children owe all to them? Is nothing furnished in the way of safety, sanitation, education, by that larger home, the state? What could these parents do, alone, in never so pleasant a home, without the allied forces of society to maintain that home in peace and prosperity. These lingering vestiges of a patriarchal cult must be left behind. Ancestor-worship has had victims enough. Girls are human creatures as well as boys, and both have duties, imperative duties, quite outside the home.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Those "feminine charms" we are so fond of are not feminine at all, but mere reflected masculinity-developed to please us because they had to please us, and in no way essential to the real fulfillment of their great process. But

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A house does not need a wife any more than it needs a husband.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The fact that women in the home have shut themselves away from the thought and life of the world has done much to retard progress.We fill the world with the children of 20th century A.D. fathers and 20th century B.C. mothers.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The peculiarity of all death-based religions is that their subject-matter is entirely outside of facts. Men could think and think, talk and argue, advance, deny, assert, and controversy, and write innumerable books, without being hampered at any time by any fact.

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In the field of economics we maintain to this day some of the most primitive ideas, some of the most radically false ideas, some of the most absurd ideas a brain can hold ... but all this give no uneasiness to the average brain. That long-suffering organ has been trained for more thousands of years than history can uncover to hold in unquestioning patience great blocks of irrelevant idiocy and large active lies.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The world is quite right. It does not have to be consistent.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The original necessity for the ceaseless presence of the woman to maintain that altar fire - and it was an altar fire in very truth at one period - has passed with the means of prompt ignition; the matchbox has freed the housewife from that incessant service, but the feeling that women should stay at home is with us yet.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The most familiar facts are often hardest to understand.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The difference is great between one's outside "life," the things which happen to one, incidents, pains and pleasures, and one's "living."

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I have preferred chloroform to cancer

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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