Frances Power Cobbe Quotes

Frances Power Cobbe Quotes.

It is a woman, and only a woman, — a woman all by herself, if she likes, and without any man to help her, — who can turn a house into a home.
Frances Power Cobbe
Pleasures of the mind have this advantage,–they never cloy nor wear themselves out, but increase by employment.
Frances Power Cobbe
This specter of the female politician, who abandons her family to neglect for the sake of passing bills in parliament, is just as complete an illusion of the masculine brain, as the other specter whom Sydney Smith laid by a joke,–the woman who would forsake an infant for a quadratic equation.
Frances Power Cobbe
Ours is the old, old story of every uprising race or class or order. The work of elevation must be wrought by ourselves or not at all.
Frances Power Cobbe
I have often thought how strange it is that men can at once and the same moment cheerfully consign our sex to lives either of narrowest toil or senseless luxury and vanity, and then sneer at the smallness of our aims, the pettiness of our thoughts, the puerility of our conversation!
Frances Power Cobbe
He who does most to cure woman of her weakness, her frivolity, and her servility will likewise at the same stroke do most to cure man of his brutality, his selfishness and his sensuality.
Frances Power Cobbe
Our sex bears the disgrace not only of a great deal of genuine poltroonery, but also of much which is mere affectation.
Frances Power Cobbe
It is in the faculty of noble, disinterested, unselfish love that lies the true gift and power of womanhood,–a power which makes us, not the equal of men (I never care to claim such equality), but their equivalents; more than their equivalents in a moral sense.
Frances Power Cobbe
If a woman be herself pure and noble-hearted, she will come into every circle as a person does into a heated room, who carries with him the freshness of the woods where he has been walking.
Frances Power Cobbe
I could discern clearly, even at that early age, the essential difference between people who are kind to dogs and people who really love them.
Frances Power Cobbe
Men give us most rarely that which we really want, not favor, but – Justice. Nothing is easier than to coax them to pet us like children, nothing more difficult than to persuade them to treat us like responsible human beings.
Frances Power Cobbe
I think it is worse to be poor in mind than in purse, to be stunted and belittled in soul, made a coward, made a liar, made mean and slavish, accustomed to fawn and prevaricate, and “manage” by base arts a husband or a father,–I think this is worse than to be kicked with hobnailed shoes.
Frances Power Cobbe
The nest may be constructed, so far as the sticks go, by the male bird; but only the hen can line it with moss and down!
Frances Power Cobbe
[Women’s] duty is nothing else than the fulfilment [sic] of the whole moral law, the attainment of every human virtue.
Frances Power Cobbe