Best Quotes from Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Only as we live, think, feel, and work outside the home, do we become humanly developed, civilized, socialized.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Eternity is not something that begins after you’re dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional relationship to society – more briefly, to find your real job, and do it.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A concept is stronger than a fact.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The one predominant duty is to find one’s work and do it.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

New York – that unnatural city where every one is an exile, none more so than the American.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman