Dora Marsden | Quotes

The universe for us is divided into “Ourselves” and the “Others.” The Others are all mixed up one with the rest; like a returning bank holiday picnic, they are linked together all in a row. It is impossible to tell where one begins and the other leaves off. It is consequently impossible to differentiate.

The Freewoman, Volume 1 Number 2, July 1st 1913

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We believe that the individuals of the future, if they are worth anything at all, will be as well able to look after themselves, as we are to look after ourselves. In short there may be glorious and radiant individuals in the dim future as there have been in the past: but they are no concern of ours. Our joy is not in them: their beauty is not ours.

The Freewoman, Volume 1 Number 2, July 1st 1913

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Our quarrel with things in general is difficult to state in words for the precise reason that the biggest part of our quarrel is against words – against “thoughts.” It is a quarrel with human culture, with the kinds of labels put on things – or rather on living activities.

The Freewoman, Volume 1 Number 2, July 1st 1913

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The centre of the Universe lies in the desire of the individual, and the Universe for the individual has no meaning apart from their individual satisfactions, a means to an end.

The Freewoman, Volume 1 Number 1, June 15th 1913

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“Causes” are the diversion of the feeble – of those who have lost the power of acting strongly from their own nature. They are for the titillation of the senses of the herd, and a person who can act strongly should shun all Cause-ites and their works. Strong natures, who act out their beliefs in their own person, not realizing that such grounds for actions as Causes proffer are in place only among those who having lost the instinct for action amuse themselves by words, occasionally are fascinated by the jargon, with consequences disastrous in the highest degree to themselves.

The Freewoman, Volume 1 Number 1, June 15th 1913

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There is only one person concerned in the freeing of individuals: and that is the person who wears and feels and resents the shackles. Shackles must be burst off: if they are cut away from outside, they will immediately reform, as those whose cause is “our poor sisters” and “poor brothers” will find.

The Freewoman, Volume 1 Number 1, June 15th 1913

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