"We all agree that its fit to be as Happy as we can, and we need no Instructor to teach us this Knowledge, 'tis born with us, and is inseparable from our Being, but we very much need to be Inform'd what is the true Way to Happiness."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Mary Astell on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Mary Astell on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Mary Astell on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Mary Astell on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Mary Astell on Mahatma Gandhi
"Every Body has so good an Opinion of their own Understanding as to think their own way the best."
"The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it."
"But, alas! what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have a higher Design than to get her a Husband?"
"God is His own Design and End, and that there is no other Worthy of Him."
"Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up."