A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind.

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.

Elegance is inferior to virtue.

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.

If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.

Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.

Live, and be happy, and make others so.

My greatest pleasure was the enjoyment of a serene sky amidst these verdant woods: yet I loved all the changes of Nature; and rain, and storm, and the beautiful clouds of heaven brought their delights with them.

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

Solitude was my only consolation: deep, dark, deathlike solitude.

The beginning is always today.

There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.

/ Mary Shelley

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