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Mary Shelley Quote: “My own mind began to grow, watchful with anxoius thoughts.”

My own mind began to grow, watchful with anxoius thoughts.

— Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley Quote: “Look forward to future years, if not with eager anticipation, yet with a calm reliance upon the power of good, wholly remote from despair.”

Look forward to future years, if not with eager anticipation, yet with a calm reliance upon the power of good, wholly remote from despair.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest but in death?”

Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest but in death?

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper. I have an affection for it, for it was the offspring of happy days, when death and grief were but words, which found no true echo in my heart.”

And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper. I have an affection for it, for it was the offspring of happy days, when death and grief were but words, which found no true echo in my heart.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I saw no cause for their unhappiness, but I was deeply affected by it. If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being, should be wretched.”

I saw no cause for their unhappiness, but I was deeply affected by it. If such lovely creatures were miserable, it was less strange that I, an imperfect and solitary being, should be wretched.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “How dreadful it is, to emerge from the oblivion of slumber, and to receive as a good morrow the mute wailing of one’s own hapless heart – to return from the land of deceptive dreams to the heavy knowledge of unchanged disaster!”

How dreadful it is, to emerge from the oblivion of slumber, and to receive as a good morrow the mute wailing of one’s own hapless heart – to return from the land of deceptive dreams to the heavy knowledge of unchanged disaster!

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Elegance is inferior to virtue.”

Elegance is inferior to virtue.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I trembled, and my heart failed within me; when, on looking up, I saw, by the light of the moon, the daemon at the casement.”

I trembled, and my heart failed within me; when, on looking up, I saw, by the light of the moon, the daemon at the casement.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn.”

It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Her countenance was all expression; her eyes were not dark but impenetrably deep; you seemed to discover space after space in their intellectual glance.”

Her countenance was all expression; her eyes were not dark but impenetrably deep; you seemed to discover space after space in their intellectual glance.

— Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley Quote: “I could not understand why men who knew all about good and evil could hate and kill each other.”

I could not understand why men who knew all about good and evil could hate and kill each other.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.”

My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places.”

The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding places.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I required kindness and sympathy, but I did not believe myself utterly unworthy of it.”

I required kindness and sympathy, but I did not believe myself utterly unworthy of it.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Every where I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded.”

Every where I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I am not a person of opinions because I feel the counter arguments too strongly.”

I am not a person of opinions because I feel the counter arguments too strongly.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I felt emotions of gentleness and pleasure, that had long appeared dead, revive within me. Half surprised by the novelty of these sensations, I allowed myself to be borne away by them, and forgetting my solitude and deformity, dared to be happy.”

I felt emotions of gentleness and pleasure, that had long appeared dead, revive within me. Half surprised by the novelty of these sensations, I allowed myself to be borne away by them, and forgetting my solitude and deformity, dared to be happy.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness, added to a student’s thirst for knowledge.”

My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness, added to a student’s thirst for knowledge.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The time at length arrives, when grief is rather an indulgence than a necessity and the smile that plays upon the lips, although it may be deemed a sacrilege, is not banished.”

The time at length arrives, when grief is rather an indulgence than a necessity and the smile that plays upon the lips, although it may be deemed a sacrilege, is not banished.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death.”

To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death.

— Mary Shelley



Mary Shelley Quote: “The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food.”

The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.”

Nothing is more painful to the human mind than, after the feelings have been worked up by a quick succession of events, the dead calmness of inaction and certainty which follows and deprives the soul both of hope and fear.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.”

Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “When I step into the batter’s box, the fans, the noise, the cheers, they all disappear. For that moment, the world is just a battle between me and the pitcher. And more than anything, I want to win.”

When I step into the batter’s box, the fans, the noise, the cheers, they all disappear. For that moment, the world is just a battle between me and the pitcher. And more than anything, I want to win.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature.”

The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!”

Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The guilty are allowed, by human laws, bloody as they are, to speak in their own defence before they are condemned.”

The guilty are allowed, by human laws, bloody as they are, to speak in their own defence before they are condemned.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I also became a poet, and for one year lived in a Paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated.”

I also became a poet, and for one year lived in a Paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “It is with considerable difficulty that I remember the original era of my being.”

It is with considerable difficulty that I remember the original era of my being.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “His conversation was marked by its happy abundance.”

His conversation was marked by its happy abundance.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “A lofty sense of independence is, in man, the best privilege of his nature.”

A lofty sense of independence is, in man, the best privilege of his nature.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”

How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “A solitary being is by instinct a wanderer...”

A solitary being is by instinct a wanderer...

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “After days and nights of incredible labor and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life. Nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.”

After days and nights of incredible labor and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life. Nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.”

My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “My spirit will sleep in peace; or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.”

My spirit will sleep in peace; or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Ah! it is well for the unfortunate to be resigned, but for the guilty there is no peace.”

Ah! it is well for the unfortunate to be resigned, but for the guilty there is no peace.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “All judges had rather that ten innocent should suffer than that one guilty should escape.”

All judges had rather that ten innocent should suffer than that one guilty should escape.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “You seek for knowledge and wisdom as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.”

You seek for knowledge and wisdom as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The modern masters promise very little.”

The modern masters promise very little.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.”

If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Poetry, and the principle of Self, of which money is the visible incarnation, are the God and the Mammon of the world.”

Poetry, and the principle of Self, of which money is the visible incarnation, are the God and the Mammon of the world.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”

Supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be – a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.”

But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be – a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be in formed of the secret with which I am acquainted. That cannot be.”

I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be in formed of the secret with which I am acquainted. That cannot be.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science.”

None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “In other studies you go as far as other have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.”

In other studies you go as far as other have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with.”

It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “The careful rearer of the ductile human plant can instil his own religion, and surround the soul by such a moral atmosphere, as shall become to its latest day the air it breathes.”

The careful rearer of the ductile human plant can instil his own religion, and surround the soul by such a moral atmosphere, as shall become to its latest day the air it breathes.

— Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley Quote: “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of a void, but out of chaos; the materials must in the first place be afforded; it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself.”

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of a void, but out of chaos; the materials must in the first place be afforded; it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself.

— Mary Shelley

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