Quote of the Day: A Woman’s Function


To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheets, cakes. and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” — G.K. Chesterton

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  1. Arahant Member

    I like it.

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  2. RightAngles Member

    I wish the feminists could realize this.

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  3. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    When I was a teenager and knew it all, I asked my mother if she regretted not having a career and staying home to raise four kids. Without the slightest edge in her voice she said “I always thought molding little human beings was the most important career there is” and thus left me better-informed and a little guilty for asking.

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