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)
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.Harriet Martineau
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.Harriet Martineau
What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?Harriet Martineau