Quotation by Mary Wollstonecraft

It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are, in some degree, independent of men ... Whilst they are absolutely dependent on their husbands they will be cunning, mean, and selfish, and the men who can be gratified by the fawning fondness of spaniel-like affection, have not much delicacy, for love is not to be bought, in any sense of the words, its silken wings are instantly shrivelled up when any thing beside a return in kind is sought.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 9 (1792).
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