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A collection of quotes by Charlotte Perkins Gilman on feminism, society, women, equality, death, psychology, writing, gender, bias, age, youth and religion.

45 Inspiring Quotes By Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Utopian Feminist

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a distinguished American feminist, author, and social reformer. She was born in an affluent and highly influential Beecher family but she had a difficult childhood. She was part of a broken family and had to move around which affected her education. Gilman had faced a major post-partum depression after the birth of her daughter and went through a lot of difficulties as the society didn’t approve her disease. This experience inspired her short story “The Yellow Wall-Paper” which turned to be the most eminent work of her life. She separated from her husband and moved to Pasadena where she actively organized social reform movements. She became a well-known lecturer, which constituted a major part of her income. Her career in lecturing gained a sudden boost when she started giving speeches on nationalism. Her feminist nature inspired a majority of her non-fiction books which encouraged women to be economically independent. Out of these books, the most noted one was ‘Women and Economics’, which solidified her position as a social theorist. She also served as a delegate and represented California in the ‘Suffrage Convention’ and ‘The International Socialist and Labor Congress’. We bring to you a compilation of most famous sayings and quotations by her which have been excerpted from her writings, thoughts, work and speeches. These revolutionary quotes and thoughts on feminism by Charlotte Perkins Gilman will enlighten you towards the much-needed equality by women.

It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

- Women and Economics, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

As for mother Eve - I wasn't there and can't deny the story, but I will say this. If she brought evil into the world, we men have had the lion's share of keeping it going ever since.

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

When all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

But I MUST say what I feel and think in some way — it is such a relief! But the effort is getting to be greater than the relief.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This is the woman's century, the first chance for the mother of the world to rise to her full place . . . and the world waits while she powders her nose.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I'm sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition.

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In a sick society, women who have difficulty fitting in are not ill but demonstrating a healthy and positive response.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Now why should that man have fainted? But he did,and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A man's honor always seems to want to kill a woman to satisfy it.

- The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It does not do to trust people too much.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I never saw a worse paper in my life. One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Woman" in the abstract is young, and, we assume, charming. As they get older they pass off the stage, somehow, into private ownership mostly, or out of it altogether.

- Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Through it [literature] we know the past, govern the present, and influence the future.

- The Man-Made World, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I am glad my case is not serious! But these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing. John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

They were inconveniently reasonable, these women.

- Herland, 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

Never in all her life had she imagined that this idolized millinery could look, to those who paid for it, like the decorations of an insane monkey.

- If I Were a Man, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I always liked that Arab saying, 'First tie your camel and then trust in the Lord,

- Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able, - to dress and entertain, and order things

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Most men’s eyes, when you look at them critically, are not like that. They may look at you very expressively, but when you look at them, just as features, they are not very nice.

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

John doesn't know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him. It is getting to be a great effort for me to think straight. Just this nervous weakness I suppose.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Those who too patiently serve as props sometimes underrate the possibilities of the vine.

- The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw - not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I was madly in love with not so much what was there as with what I supposed to be there.

- Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no REASON to suffer, and that satisfies him.

- The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Woman should stand beside man as the comrade of his soul, not the servant of his body

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

But only this-that people who are utterly ignorant will believe anything-which you certainly knew before.

- Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

And there was you - your fair self, always delicately dressed, with white firm fingers sure of touch in delicate true work. I loved you then.

- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

[The Yellow Wallpaper] was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I always lock the door when I creep by daylight.

- The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

When I see them knit,' Terry said, 'I can almost call them feminine.' 'That doesn't prove anything,' Jeff promptly replied. 'Scotch shepherds knit --always knitting.

- Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The fact is I am getting a little afraid of John.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so.

- The Yellow Wall-Paper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.

- The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The front pattern DOES move—and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!

- The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman