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An Experiment in Love

Hilary Mantel

Top 10 Best Quotes

“You're only young once, they say, but doesn't it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.”

“So many years of preparation, for what was called adult life: was it for this?”

“I was the subject of an experiment in love. I lived my life under her gaze, undergoing certain trials for her so that she would not have to undergo them for herself. But, how are our certainties forged, except by the sweat and tears of other people? If your parents don't teach you how to live; you learn it from books; and clever people watch you learn from your mistakes. ”

“I think now that this is the great division between people. There are people who find life hard and those who find it easy. There are those who have a natural, in-built, expectation of happiness, and there are those who feel that happiness is not to be expected: that it is not, in fact, one of the rights of man. Nor, God knows, one of the rights of women.”

“Feminism hasn't failed, it's just never been tried.”

“The world moves on so fast, and we lose all chance of being the women our mothers were; we lose all understanding of what shaped them.”

“I was bound to step out of line, if only because I did not know where the line was: if only because I did not know anything.”

“When men decided women could be educated - this is what I think - they educated them on the male plan; they put them into schools with mottoes and school songs and muddy team games, they made them were collars and ties. It was a way to concede the right to learning, yet remain safe; the products of the system would always be inferior to the original model. Women were forced to imitate men, and bound not to succeed at it.”

“This was the usual thing. What I asked for was facts: what I got was a sermon.”

“Our schools kept from us, for as long as they could, the dangerous, disruptive, upsetting knowledge of our own female nature.”

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Book Keywords:

happiness, education, feminism

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