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A collection of quotes and sayings by Maria Mitchell on stars, universe, travel, thoughts, beauty, happiness, space, astronomy, life, courage, women and knowledge.

36 Inspiring Quotes By Maria Mitchell Will Change The Way You Think

Quick Facts

Famous As: Astronomer

Born On: August 1, 1818

Died On: June 28, 1889

Born In: Nantucket

Died At Age: 70

Maria Mitchell was the first American woman who made a mark as a professional astronomer. Mitchell had shown great interest in space science right from an early age and used to learn anatomy and mathematics from her father. In the year 1847, Mitchell discovered a comet which later named  ‘Miss Mitchell’s Comet’. It was after the discovery of this comet that Mitchell got wider recognition from other astronomers. She also earned a gold medal from the King of Denmark, King Fredrick VI. Later in 1848, Mitchell became the first women to be elected as an honorary member of the ‘American Academy of Arts and Science’.  After the sad demise of her mother in 1861, she with her father moved to Lynn where she joined ‘Vassar College’. She was the first faculty to join. Despite the experience and reputation she had earned over the years, she realized that her salary was not at par with her male colleagues. She worked towards removing the disparity and successfully accomplished it. Mitchell’s quotes on books, science, space, astronomy and observation are sure to mesmerize you and leave you wondering. Follow the interesting facts, quotes and thoughts by Maria Mitchell.
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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

Maria Mitchell

Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.

Maria Mitchell

The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power!

Maria Mitchell

We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.

Maria Mitchell

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all logic, nor all mathematics, but is somewhat beauty and poetry.

Maria Mitchell

Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.

Maria Mitchell

People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear.

Maria Mitchell

I would as soon put a girl alone into a closet to meditate as give her only the society of her needle.

Maria Mitchell

Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

Maria Mitchell

To read a book, to think it over, and to write out notes is a useful exercise; a book which will not repay some hard thought is not worth publishing.

Maria Mitchell

I had, early in life, a love for staging, but it is fast dying out. Nine hours over a rough road are enough to root out the most passionate love of that kind.

Maria Mitchell

The phrase ‘popular science’ has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific.

Maria Mitchell

I saw, in looking over Cooper, elements of a comet of 1825 which resemble what I get out for this, from my own observations, but I cannot rely upon my own.

Maria Mitchell

I made observations for three hours last night, and am almost ill today from fatigue; still I have worked all day, trying to reduce the places, and mean to work hard again tonight.

Maria Mitchell

Altogether, St. Louis is a growing place, and the West has a large hand and a strong grasp.

Maria Mitchell

Question everything.

Maria Mitchell

I was born, for instance, incapable of appreciating music.

Maria Mitchell

I have just gone over my comet computations again, and it is humiliating to perceive how very little more I know than I did seven years ago when I first did this kind of work.

Maria Mitchell

I am just through with a summer, and a summer is to me always a trying ordeal.

Maria Mitchell

I am always the better for open-air breathing, and was certainly meant for the wandering life of the Indian.

Maria Mitchell

As a general rule, people disappoint you as you know them.

Maria Mitchell

The greatest object in educating is to give a right habit of study.

Maria Mitchell

Yesterday I had a Shaker visitor, and today a Catholic; and the more I see and hear, the less do I care about church doctrines.

Maria Mitchell

Small aids to individuals, large aid to masses.

Maria Mitchell

I am just learning to notice the different colors of the stars, and already begin to have a new enjoyment.

Maria Mitchell

A young sailor boy came to see me today. It pleases me to have these lads seek me on their return from their first voyage, and tell me how much they have learned about navigation.

Maria Mitchell

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.

Maria Mitchell

I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.

Maria Mitchell

The Southern character is opposed to haste. Safety is of more worth than speed, and there is no hurry.

Maria Mitchell

The best that can be said of my life so far is that it has been industrious, and the best that can be said of me is that I have not pretended to what I was not.

Maria Mitchell

I have worn myself thin trying to find out about this comet, and I know very little now in the matter.

Maria Mitchell

The love of one's own sex is precious, for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery; it is genuine and sincere.

Maria Mitchell

It is sad to see a woman sacrificing the ties of the affections even to do good.

Maria Mitchell

I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men.

Maria Mitchell

Truth or myth, it is only for me to know. Come with me into the rich texture of Bizco's kingdom.

Maria Mitchell

We have a hunger of the mind Which asks for knowledge all around us And the more we gain, the more is our desire.

Maria Mitchell