Quotation by Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards

It is cowardly to fly from natural duties and take up those that suit our taste or temperament better; but it is also unwise to take an exaggerated view of personal duties, which shuts out the proper care of the mind and body entrusted to us.
Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842–1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 9, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912).

Written in the 1880s, referring to women's customary exclusive dedication to family and consequent neglect of self-realization and personal intellectual development.
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