“’As for Sue and me when we were at our own best, long ago – when our minds were clear, and our love of truth fearless – the time was not ripe for us! Our ideas were fifty years too soon to be any good to us. And so the resistance they met with brought reaction in her, and recklessness and ruin on me!’”
“'The intention of the contract is good, and right for many, no doubt; but in our case it may defeat its own ends because we are the queer sort of people we are – folk in whom domestic ties of a forced kind snuff out cordiality and spontaneousness.’Sue still held that there was not much queer or exceptional in them: that all were so. ‘Everybody is getting to feel as we do. We are a little beforehand, that’s all. In fifty, a hundred, years the descendents of these two [children] will act and feel worse than we. They will see weltering humanity still more vividly than we do now, as‘Shapes like our own selves hideously multiplied,’And will be afraid to reproduce them.’”
'She, or he, “who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation”. J. S. Mill’s words, those are. I have been reading it up. Why can’t you act upon them? I wish to, always.'