Harriet Martineau

English writer and sociologist

Harriet Martineau (June 12, 1802June 27, 1876) was an English writer and philosopher, renowned in her day as a controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist.

If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

QuotesEdit

  • If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.
    • Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen … than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
    • Occupation, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.
    • Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?
    • Occupation, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).

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